ROSARIO, Argentina, February 11. THIS weekend, Bulgaria's Petar Stoychev and Russia's Natalya Pankina won their second straight titles in the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix with victories in the "Maraton Acuatico Internacional Ciudad de Rosario."
Last week, the duo claimed triumphs in the Rio Coronda Marathon event held in Santa Fe, Argentina.
This weekend, Stoychev touched first on 2:09:27, while France's Stephane Gomez took second in 2:09:28.05 with Argentina's Damian Blaum placing third in 2:09:28.82.
Pankina had a much easier time of it with a winning readout of 2:11:38. Spain's Esther Nunez touched second in 2:16:23 with Italy's Alessandra Romiti finished third in 2:17:35.
Men – 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL) 2h09m27s; 2. Stephane Gomez (FRA) 2h09m28s05; 3. Damian Blaum (ARG) 2h09m28s82.
Women – 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS) 2h11m38s; 2. Esther Nunez (ESP) 2h16m23s; 3. Alessandra Romiti (ITA) 2h17m35s.
Standings after two races
Men – 1. Petar Stoychev (BUL) 30 pts; 2. Stephane Gomez (FRA) 22 pts; 3. Damian Blaum (ARG) 18 pts
Women – 1. Natalia Pankina (RUS) 30 pts; 2. Esther Nunez (ESP) 18 pts; 3. Alessandra Romiti (ITA) and Laura La Piana (ITA) 14 pts