Huge en­try for transcon­ti­nen­tal swim

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THE 30TH SAM­SUNG BOSPHO­RUS CROSS Con­ti­nenta l Swim Race, orga nised by t he Turk­ish Olympic Com­mit­tee, united up to 2,400 par­tic­i­pants from 55 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Rus­sia, Ukraine, UK and US to swim 6.5km from the Kan­lica Pier in Asia to the Ku­rucesme Cemil Top­u­zlu Park in Europe. Turkey’s Dogukan Ulac fin­ished first (46:58) in the Men’s event and his com­pa­triot Hi­lal Zeynep Sarac won the Women’s (50:30). Sadly it was a l l too much for one loca l com­pe­ti­tior. Mehmet Baykal, passed away af­ter feel­ing ill while just 500m from the fin­ish line. He was given first aid in the sea am­bu­lance and then sent to hospi­tal but couldn’t be saved. The Is­tan­bul race started in 1989 with just 68 swim­mers but this year saw 4,892 ap­pli­cants for the 2,472 avail­able spots. It was named the World’s Best Open Wa­ter Swim­ming Race in 2017 by the World Open Wa­ter Swim­ming As­so­ci­a­tion. Or­gan­iser Turk­ish Olympic Com­mit­tee par t nered t his yea r wit h Ocean Re­cover y Al­liance – a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing to im­prove the ocean en­vi­ron­ment – on their Plas­tic Dis­clo­sure Project (PDP) Sport method­ol­ogy to re­duce the event’s plas­tic foot­print. The Bospho­rus Swim is the first sports event in Turkey to join the pro­gramme which saw them make a num­ber of changes in­clud­ing adding re­cy­cling in­for­ma­tion on bins and in­stalling plas­tic bot­tle-shaped con­tain­ers to re­mind swim­mers how to dis­pose of their waste prop­erly.

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