Bulgarian Mountain Runner Sets New Record on Completing Kom-Emine Hike
Bulgarian orienteer and mountain runner Kiril Nikolov, known as the Diesel, set a new record on completing the longest tourist route in Bulgaria - the 600-kilometre-long Kom-Emine hiking trail.
Nikolov completed the hike in four days, 13 hours, 5 minutes and 30 seconds, becoming the first person to cover the distance in less than five days.
He improved the performance of ultramarathon runner Bozhidar Antonov, who broke an older record earlier in August, with 21 hours and five minutes.
A year ago, the Diesel attempted to break the record, but gave up eleven kilometres before the final due to poor weather conditions.
Throughout the duration of the hike, Nikolov slept only 16 hours and 35 minutes and did not consume any energy foods or drinks.
The Kom-Emine hiking trail follows the ridge of the Balkan mountains from Kom Peak on the border with Serbia to Cape Emine on the Black Sea.
It is the longest high mountain uninterrupted hiking trail in Europe and is part of the E3 European long distance path.
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