Nora Toledano To Be Honored Guest At Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim

Courtesy of Pelin Çelik, Istanbul, Turkey.

Nora Toledano Cadena, the first Mexican woman and the 14th person in history to complete the Oceans Seven, will be the honorary guest for the 32nd Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swimming Race in Istanbul, Turkey.

We are looking forward to hosting Nora, one of the nominees of the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Award,” said Pelin Çelik.

Back in 2016, Çelik accepted the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Award on behalf of the Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim. “Thanks to Doug Woodring, we are also focusing on the environment at our competition.

It is nice to be a part of an event that helps connect open water swimmers and organizers around the world.”

Steven Munatones wrote about the event, “Swimming between continents is something that few people in the world rarely have an opportunity to do. But the Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim is excellently organized to offer this dramatic possibility to thousands of people every year.

The National Olympic Committee of Turkey has grown the 6.5 km point-to-point traverse of the Istanbul Strait from 68 swimmers in 1989 to nearly 5,000 applicants from 52 countries from all walks of life. Boat traffic in the strait is stopped once per year on this day when people challenge themselves against shifting currents and tidal flows with logistics and a wide safety net at their protection. It provides the self-satisfaction and challenge of a cross-continental swim from the Asian continent to the European continents to 2,200 swimmers; the Türkiye Milli Olimpiyat Komitesi organizes an aquatic challenge across a dynamic body of water in an iconic location, and there is an obvious joyful multi-cultural, multi-lingual ambiance of swimmers from around the world at the Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı event.”

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