The Turkish Olympic Committee has hailed the success of the 28th Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race, 1541 swimmers took part in one of the world’s most unique swimming events.
Swimmers from 49 countries swam the challenging 6.5km route from Kanlıca on the Asian side of Istanbul to Kuruçeşme Cemil Topuzlu Park on the European side. This year’s celebrity guest and former Australian long-distance swimmer, Shelley Taylor-Smith, kick-started the race and was on hand to congratulate participants as they crossed the finish line.
Following the race, President of the Turkish Olympic Committee Professor Dr. Uğur Erdener said:
“The TOC and Samsung Electronics Turkey are delighted with the success of the 28th Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Race. Today we saw swimmers from 49 different nations swim side by side as they made their way across the Bosphorus strait from Asia to Europe. It was a wonderful spectacle to witness, particularly in such a diverse city as Istanbul. The Turkish Olympic Committee and Samsung Electronics Turkey would like to congratulate all of today’s swimmers and we hope to see you here again next year for another fantastic day of competition and celebrations”.
Turkish swimmer Ömer Tara completed the course in first place, with a time of 47 minutes and 39 seconds. The TOC awarded Tara the winners’ gold medal.
The full results are listed below:
1- Ömer Tara (Turkey) (47.39)
2- Dimitar Videnov (Bulgaria) (49.57)
3- Arda Kip (Turkey) (50.10)
1- Nilay Erkal (Turkey) (52. 38)
2- Deniz Güngöroğlu (Turkey) (53. 33)
3- Ekinsu Tezel (Turkey) (53. 34)