Swimmers jump into the water to participate in the 30th Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming competition over the Bosphorus strait between Istanbul's Asian and European sides, Turkey July 22, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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Thousands of people, some serious racers but others plucky amateurs, swam from Asia to Europe across the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul Sunday in Turkey's most iconic swimming race.About 2,400 swimmers took part in the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim, organized by the Turkish Olympic Committee, for the 30th race since the tradition began in 1989 . Swimmers came from 55 different countries.The Strait was closed to traffic for the duration of the race, allowing swimmers an uninhibited passage across the waters, which were dotted with individual swimmers and the white crests in their wake.The fastest swimmer was Turkish Cypriot Dogukan Ulac, who swam the 6.5 kilometers in just 46 minutes and 58 seconds.
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