Δευτέρα, 23 Ιουλίου 2018

Over 2,400 swimmers from 52 countries came together yesterday  in Istanbul for the Turkish Olympic Committee’s (TOC) 30th Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race.

Turkey’s Hilal Zeybeb Saraç finished first in the women’s event whilst Doğukan Ulaç, also from Turkey, was the fastest man to complete the course in what was an outstanding Bosphorus race.

The Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race, the only race between two continents, started in Kanlıca, on the Asian side of Istanbul, and ended in Kuruçeşme Cemil Topuzlu Park on the European side.
Thousands of sports fans followed the thrilling competition, where amateur and competitive swimmers together took part in one of the sport’s most demanding and challenging events.
On completing the 6.5km course, the fastest swimmers were awarded plaques, medals and exclusive Samsung products.
The winning athletes received their awards from Turkey’s Youth and Sports Minister Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin, Istanbul Mayor Mevlüt Uysal, IOC Vice President and TOC President Prof. Dr. Uğur Erdener and Samsung Electronics Turkey President Kim Daehyun.

Olympic champion, world record-holder and Senior Vice President of the International Athletics Associations Federation Sergey Bubka, and legendary Zimbabwean Olympic swimming champion and IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair Kirsty Coventry, were amongst honorary guests attending the 30th anniversary of the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race.

The Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim (TurkishBoğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme 

Yarışı) is an open water swimming event between the continents Europe and Asia held 

annually  at BosphorusIstanbul, Turkey. Established in 1989, the event is organized 

by the Turkish Olympic Committee and sponsored by Samsung.

The event was held for the first time on July 23, 1989 and 64 men and 4 women took 

part. The next year, the course's start was relocated from Çubuklu to Kanlıca

extending the distance to 6.5 km (4.0 mi). In 1992, the event became international 

with the participation of 22 swimmers from back then Czechoslovakia and two from the United States. 

The course record was set in 2006 by Turkish swimmers Alişan Alaşlı in the men's 

category with 39:07.11 and Beren Kayrak in the women's category with 40:50.35. 

Since 2010, every swimmer completing the course receives a certificate titled 

"Intercontinental Swimmer".

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