Bulgaria's Top Swimmer Petar Stoychev Wins 25 km Race at World Championship

Sports | July 23, 2011, Saturday // 10:26
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Top Swimmer Petar Stoychev Wins 25 km Race at World Championship Stoychev of Bulgaria with his gold medal after winning the Men`s 25 km open water swimming event in very hot conditions, at the FINA Swimming World Championships at Jinshan Beach, Shanghai, China on 23 July, 2011. EPA/BGNES

Bulgaria's top swimmer Petar Stoychev has triumphed with the gold at the 25 km open water race in the World Swimming Championship.

Stoychev, who is turning 35 in October, managed to defeat his competitors at the world water sports competition in Shanghai, China, on Saturday, while the race itself attracted criticism because the water temperature exceeded the safety standards at 30.4 degrees Celsius.

The best Bulgarian male swimmer swam the 25 km distance in 5 hours 10 minutes and 39.8 seconds, just several days after he remained 27th in the 10 km open water race.

"This was probably my last world championship. I had never won a gold medal from a world championship before so it never crossed my mind that I could do it today," Stoychev, who has won the world cup multiple times, said after the race, as cited by BGNES.

He further explained he was aiming at participating in the 2012 Olympics.

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