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Gdynia, 25th August 2012.

New record has been set for crossing the Puck Bay!
Petar Stoychev and Christine Jennings won the BCT Gdynia Marathon 2012

3:51:49 – it`s the amount of time needed by one of the most titled competitors in open water swimming history – 11 times winner of the 25km World Championship – Petar Stoychev to swim more than 18km distance between Hel and Gdynia. It`s almost two hours less than the last record, that until today remained unchallenged since 1966. Trent Grimsey, Australia, got to the finish line second, losing about two minutes to the winner. Best female swimmer was Christine Jennings, who needed 4 hours and 40 sec. to complete the race. All the competitors managed to finish the race.

On saturday, 26th of august, most extreme swimming event in Poland took place.

At 10am 14 competitors took of from Hel peninsula to compete on 18,5 km long route to the city beach in Gdynia. Water was about 18-19 degrees celsius. All fourteen , five women and nine men amongst them,  managed  to finish the race. Winners are Petar Stoychev from Bulgaria and Christine Jennings from USA. Marathon ended after the last competitor reached the finish line, which happend after 5 hours and 21 minutes from the start.
Amongst polish competitors, Natalia Charlos turned to be the fastest, getting to the finish line in 4 hours 2 min. and 29 sec., which gave her 2nd place in women category. Best polish male was Krzysztof Pielowski, who finished the race as the 5th male competitor, with the result of  4 hours 14 min. and 44 sec.
BCT Gdynia Marathon meant a great challenge not only for the swimmers, but for organizers, who wanted to reach highest level demanded by FINA, as well. „Our goal is to get FINA patronage for the event next year. This being the case, we have to meet all the most restrictive requirements for long distance swimming event. The marathon was supervised by FINA officials, who were guarding the correct course of the race. We are proud not only because the athletes shown great sportsmanship, but also that we managed to organise the event on the highest level” - said Dagmara Łuczka, spokesperson for the BCT Gdynia Marathon.
During the race, competitors were securde in on-to-one formula, which means each of them got his own RIB boat with coach, lifeguard and race official. Marathon was also accompanied by leader boat, two groups of divers and special medical boat.
Event was held under the patronage of Minister of Sports and Tourism, Ms. Joanna Mucha, President of Gdynia Mr. Wojciech Szczurek, City of Hel and Commander of Polish Navy, Admiral Tomasz Mathea.
Co-organizers were Gdynia City Hall, Hel City Hall, Radmor, Swissmed, Formoza RIB, Arena and SJ Consulting.
Media patronage was given by: TVN Meteo, Dziennik Bałtycki, Radio Gdańsk, Trójmiasto.pl. and Namiary na Morze i Handel.
Results:
Men
Place No Surname Name Team 5 km 10 km 15 km Total
Time
1 13 STOYCHEV PETAR LEVSKI SOFIA  BUL 00:57:42,60 01:52:41,51 02:51:46,13 03:51:49,30
2 7 GRIMSEY TRENT LAWNTON SWIM CLUB AUS 00:57:45,76 01:53:13,13 02:53:44,57 03:53:27,35
3 9 KONSCHAK BENJAMIN SGR KARLSRUHE GER 00:59:23,54 02:00:51,60 03:05:30,26 04:07:08,65
4 6 BRYAN CHRIS ENNIS SWIMMING CLUB IRL 00:57:35,51 01:54:26,36 03:04:41,32 04:13:28,61
5 11 PIELOWSKI KRZYSZTOF KS AZS UWM OLSZTYN POL 00:57:52,73 01:58:19,57 03:06:56,48 04:14:44,52
6 8 KARAŚ SEBASTIAN UKS G8 BIELANY WARSZAWA  POL 00:59:23,10 02:00:52,76 03:08:31,23 04:18:35,99
7 14 URBANIAK JAN KS WARTA POL POZNAN 01:02:31,36 02:07:01,13 03:16:04,13 04:30:06,90
8 12 RADOMSKI GRZEGORZ MKS ZRYW OPOLE POL 01:09:27,76 02:18:19,54 03:32:36,23 04:46:14,24
9 10 MONCZAK GRZEGORZ ONE MAN TEAM  POL 01:11:24,51 02:24:57,76 03:48:25,07 05:21:35,22

Women
Place No Surname Name Team 5 km 10 km 15 km Total
Time
1 3 JENNINGS CHRISTINE RALLY SPORTS USA 00:57:54,29 01:57:54,04 03:01:01,26 04:00:40,36
2 1 CHARLOS NATALIA SWIM TEAM ELMSHORN POLSKA 00:57:56,02 01:57:55,00 03:01:02,10 04:02:29,34
3 2 GEIJO PILAR RIVER PLATE ARGENTYNA 00:59:24,48 02:00:54,95 03:06:30,07 04:10:30,35
4 5 MELGAARD MEGAN UNAT DYNAMO USA 01:02:31,76 02:07:00,92 03:16:03,86 04:21:34,24
5 4 MEAD MALLORY INDY AQUATIC MASTERS USA 01:03:11,29 02:10:16,36 03:22:19,39 04:30:14,12

Open
Place No Surname Name Team 5 km 10 km 15 km Total
Time
1 13 STOYCHEV PETAR LEVSKI SOFIA  BUL 00:57:42,60 01:52:41,51 02:51:46,13 03:51:49,30
2 7 GRIMSEY TRENT LAWNTON SWIM CLUB AUS 00:57:45,76 01:53:13,13 02:53:44,57 03:53:27,35
3 3 JENNINGS CHRISTINE RALLY SPORTS USA 00:57:54,29 01:57:54,04 03:01:01,26 04:00:40,36
4 1 CHARLOS NATALIA SWIM TEAM ELMSHORN POLSKA 00:57:56,02 01:57:55,00 03:01:02,10 04:02:29,34
5 9 KONSCHAK BENJAMIN SGR KARLSRUHE GER 00:59:23,54 02:00:51,60 03:05:30,26 04:07:08,65
6 2 GEIJO PILAR RIVER PLATE ARGENTYNA 00:59:24,48 02:00:54,95 03:06:30,07 04:10:30,35
7 6 BRYAN CHRIS ENNIS SWIMMING CLUB IRL 00:57:35,51 01:54:26,36 03:04:41,32 04:13:28,61
8 11 PIELOWSKI KRZYSZTOF KS AZS UWM OLSZTYN POL 00:57:52,73 01:58:19,57 03:06:56,48 04:14:44,52
9 8 KARAŚ SEBASTIAN UKS G8 BIELANY WARSZAWA  POL 00:59:23,10 02:00:52,76 03:08:31,23 04:18:35,99
10 5 MELGAARD MEGAN UNAT DYNAMO USA 01:02:31,76 02:07:00,92 03:16:03,86 04:21:34,24
11 14 URBANIAK JAN KS WARTA POL POZNAN 01:02:31,36 02:07:01,13 03:16:04,13 04:30:06,90
12 4 MEAD MALLORY INDY AQUATIC MASTERS USA 01:03:11,29 02:10:16,36 03:22:19,39 04:30:14,12
13 12 RADOMSKI GRZEGORZ MKS ZRYW OPOLE POL 01:09:27,76 02:18:19,54 03:32:36,23 04:46:14,24
14 10 MONCZAK GRZEGORZ ONE MAN TEAM  POL 01:11:24,51 02:24:57,76 03:48:25,07 05:21:35,22

Gdynia, 18th June 2012

 
BCT GDYNIA MARATHON
Extreme swimming competition in the Baltic Sea
The BCT GDYNIA MARATHON, the most extreme swimming competition in open sea in Europe, will be held on 24th – 26th August 2012 in the waters of the Bay of Gdańsk. The contestants will swim the 18 km-long route between the Hel Peninsula and Gdynia. The world’s top swimmers were invited to participate in the event – including, among others, medallists of the Championships of the World, Europe, and Poland. One can still sign up!
The organizers invited a few dozens of swimming champions from all over the world to take part in the marathon. The top-15 will start from a beach on the Hel Peninsula. The finish line will be on a city beach in Gdynia, where both the supporters and tourists will be able to admire the marathoners. So far, the following participants have registered, among others: Benjamin Konschack, the 2011 Germany Champion of the 25 km race, Argentinean Pilar Geijo - 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, and Australian Trent Grimsey Australia - the winner of the prestigious King and Queen of the Sea race swum in Rio de Janeiro in 2011, and a vice-champion of the 25 km race in 2009. „I will participate in the BCT Gdynia Marathon for the first time. The waters are demanding and I will have to compete against the world’s best. Despite a relatively small number of swimmers, the race promises to be interesting. I do hope the event will become a regular part of the global swimming events calendar” – Trent Grimsey said.
The contestants will swim free-style a distance of more than 18 kilometres, and the fastest are expected to reach the finish line in less than 5 hours. The pool of prizes for winners provided for this year is as much as USD 28,000.
The safety level during the marathon will comply with the highest international standards one-to-one, i.e. each contestant will be secured by one boat carrying a lifeguard, referee, and coach.
The BCT GDYNIA MARATHON is the second edition of the competition organized by the Baltic Container Terminal company. „In 2011, we held a 3.5 km long pilot-race that tested our abilities and skills as the organizer of the marathon. We learned a lot and we are ready to hold a properly secured, safe marathon on the full distance of 10 nautical miles. The race will recall the tradition of the competitions taking place in the 1960-ties and early 1970-ties right in the waters of the Bay of Gdansk. Our wish is to give  this wonderful day back to Gdynia every year, when entire Poland used to admire a  spectacular, sportive rivalry of swimmers crossing the Baltic Sea from the Hel Peninsula to our city” – said Mr. Krzysztof Szymborski, President of the Baltic Container Terminal (BCT).
 
More information:
Dagmara Łuczka
BCT Gdynia Marathon spokesperson
Sales & Marketing Department
Tel. (+48) 795 501 440

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