English Channel record holder Petar Stoychev has committed to participating in the Ocean Racing World Championship Series, the Nelson Mandela Bay Bell Buoy Challenge and the King of Nelson Mandela Bay extravaganza in South Africa.
The participation of the 9-time FINA Grand Prix World champion from Bulgaria in the three-part April 2010 professional event in Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth over Easter weekend will certainly enhance the profile of the new race and help prepare him for the 2010 summer season in the Northern Hemisphere.
Petar will compete in the 2K Ocean Racing Series World Championships against South African swimmers, like world championship medalist Chad Ho. The next day, he will participate in the 7K Nelson Mandela Bay Bell Buoy Challenge and the third and final day, he will face other top swimmers in the 750-meter King of Nelson Mandela Bay Challenge.
It will be very interesting to watch the strategy and tactics of the top swimmers throughout the exhausting five-round King of Nelson Mandela Bay Challenge. They will have to survive four tough preliminary elimination heats - swum one right after another - to reach the final prize-money heat.
They will have to call upon all of their endurance and sprinting talent in this unusual event that will showcase all the skills of professional open water swimmers.
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