Petar Stoychev, Esther Nunez Morera Win 53rd Edition of Lac St-Jean Open Water Meet

ROBERVAL, Canada, July 28. AFTER watching the "short distance" swimmers take on the Olympic 10K distance as part of the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup held earlier this week (as reported here by, the long distance elite battled a 32K course at the same location.

Bulgaria's Petar Stoychev remained one of the members among the top echelon of open water swimming with a win in 6:36:29, while hometown favorite Simon Tobin of Canada snagged second in 6:36:38 in what amounts to a photo finish in open water competition. Argetina's Damian Blaum was involved in the final push for the title with a third-place 6:36:53.

Spain's Esther Nunez Morera claimed the women's title in 7:03:09, while Australia's Shelley Clark finished second in the women's race with a time of 7:06:47. Canada's Patricia Perreault finished third in 7:18:07.

Combined Results
1. Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria (6h36m29s)
2. Simon Tobin, Canada (6h36m38s)
3. Damian Blaum, Argentina (6h36m53s)
4. Tihomir Ivanchev, Bulgaria (6h40m37s)
5. Alexander Studzinski, Germany (6h44m46s)
6. Rafael Perez, Argentine (6h54m27s)
7/1.. Esther Nunez Morera, Spain (7h03m09s)
8/2.. Shelley Clark, Australia (7h06m47s)
9/3.. Patricia Perreault, Canada (7h18m07s)
10/4.. Erica Rose, USA (7h21m06s)
11/5.. Maria Celeste Punet, Argentina (7h28m26s)
12. Marc-Andre Leclerc, Canada (7h35m55s)
13. Ilija Stojanovski, Macedonia (7h38m23s)
14/6.. Bianka Allard, Canada (7h51m26s)
15/7.. Irene Van Der Laan, The Netherlands (8h20m59s)
16/8.. Sandra Berube, Canada (8h21m17s)