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Swimmers go from Asia to Europe in one spectacular race.
Swimmers go from Asia to Europe in one spectacular race.

Turkey Hosts Annual CrossContinental Swim

Picture of Luke Bradshaw
Sports Editor
Updated: 30 August 2016
Istanbul once again hosted the incredible Samsung Bosphorus CrossContinental Swimming Race this July.

 

It’s the 28th time the Bosphorus has hosted the event, with 1541 swimmers from 49 countries participating. This traditional race is held on a 6.5km course from Asia to Europe, beginning in Kanlica and ending at Kuruçesme Cemil Topuzlu Park.

While the feat of swimming from one continent to another is an achievement in itself, it’s still a race nonetheless. The winners were both locals, with Ömer Tara winning the men’s event in a time of 47 mins 39 secs, and Nilay Erkal winning the women’s race five minutes behind.

As you can see, the race looked incredible.

What's a group race without a group warmup? | © Image.net

What’s a group race without a group warm up? | © Image.net

 

Over 1,500 swimmers starting their race in Asia, heading for Europe | © Image.net

Over 1,500 swimmers starting their race in Asia, heading for Europe | © Image.net

 

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© Image.net

 

Women's awards ceremony: Nilay Erkal 1st, Deniz Güngöroğlu 2nd, Ekinsu Tezel 3rd | © Image.net

Women’s awards ceremony: Nilay Erkal 1st, Deniz Güngöroğlu 2nd, Ekinsu Tezel 3rd | © Image.net

 

Men's awards ceremony: Omer Tara 1st, Dimitar Videnov 2nd, Arda Kip 3rd | © Image.net

Men’s awards ceremony: Omer Tara 1st, Dimitar Videnov 2nd, Arda Kip 3rd | © Image.net

 

Swimmers reach the end point of the race, 6.5km after they started | © Image.net

Swimmers reach the end point of the race, 6.5km after they started | © Image.net