It is always a joy to swim into the finish of an open water swimming competition.

Especially when the crowds are cheering and the shoreline is packed with many spectators waiting in anticipation.

Winners are celebrated, but so are the rest of the field that follows behind.

Like the boisterous crowds that gather at the finish of the annual Plivački maraton Jarak-Šabac (Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim) in Serbia, the swimmers are treated royally. They are like stars emerging from the water as the fans look upon them with admiration and respect.

The downstream event, a professional competitive race organized by Vojislav Mijić, is held in the Sava River in Šabac, Serbia from Jarak (Јарак), a town of 2,200 people, to Šabac – many of whom come out to enjoy the efforts of the swimmers in the 19 km race.

Photo shows 2013 winner Milan Marinm of Croatia being interviewed.

1. Milan Marinm, Croatia, 2:49:53:20
2. Štepan Zahradnik, Czech Republic, 3:03:27:50
3. Božidar Race, Serbia, 3:04:14:81
4. Rok Mihovec, Slovenia, 3:07:26:52
5. Bence Balzam, Serbia, 3:09:42:22
6. Pavlina Kubatova, Czech Republic, 3:10:24:42 (first woman)
7. Petr Dvorak, Czech Republic, 3:11:15:53
8. Adela Solska, Czech Republic, 3:11:58:80 (second woman)
9. Desislava Stojanova, Bulgaria, 3:17:11:83 (third woman)
10. Aleksandar Panchevski, Macedonia, 3:23:46:80 (OTL)
11. Alexandros Ioannidis, Greece, 3:30:47:78 (OTL)
12. Nikola Tepavčević, Montenegro, 3:59:36:46 (OTL)
13. Božana Popović, Montenegro, 4:01:06:54 (OTL)
14. Milorad Rajšić, Serbia, 4:32:47:75 (OTL)
15. Mauro Sebastiano Nappa, Italy, DNF

Photos courtesy of Vojislav Mijić who has been competing in and running the event for decades.

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