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The least known most winning swimmer in the world

Posted Aug 04 2009 5:28pm


Sure, Lance Armstrong has won seven Tour de France Titles.

But marathon swimmer Petar Stoychev might say to this: "what, only seven wins?"

The Bulgarian swimmer has just won the Marathon Swimming World Cup for the ninth successive time.

That makes him one of the best and most winning open water swimmer of all time.

He won the recent 32 km open water race with a time of 6:36:29.

Did you get that? A 32 K swim in a time of just over six and a half hours!

Can you image swimming 32 K (or just swimming for over 6 hours straight) in a sport where the only swimsuit you can wear is a classic Speedo style suit? Forget the fancy new wetsuit style swimwear that all of the pool swimmers are wearing. Think more along the lines of a big swath of waterproof suntan lotion to keep from burning.

So while Petar Stoychev may not be household name like Lance Armstrong, his accomplishments certainly merit a mention along with the other great male swimmers like Micheal Phelps and Ian Thorpe.

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