Stoychev Wins 25 K Gold at European Open Water Swimming Championships

September 16, 2012, Sunday // 05:20
Bulgaria: Stoychev Wins 25 K Gold at European Open Water Swimming Championships
Sunday's 25 K open water event in Piombino, Italy, was the last major race in Petar Stoychev's career. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Top Bulgarian long-distance swimmer Petar Stoychev won the 25 K event at the 2012 European Open Water Swimming Championships in Piombino, Italy.

In end-July 2011, Stoychev became world champion in the 25 K distance after winning gold at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China.

On Sunday, Stoychev swam the 25 K distance in 5:04:02.3, followed by Portugal's Arseniy Lavrentyev with 5:04:05.4 and France's Axel Reymond with 5:04:06.3, according to reports of sportal.bg.

This was the last big race in the career of 36-year-old Stoychev.

The winner in the women's 25 K event was Italy's Alice Franco with 5:31:21.9, followed by Spain's Margarita Domonguez with 5:31:26.3 and Italy's Martina Grimaldi with 5:31:34.6.


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