SAMSUNG BOSPHORUS CROSS-CONTINENTAL SWIMMING RACE HAS BEEN NAMED WORLD’S BEST OPEN-WATER SWIMMING OFFERINGEvery year in July the Bosphours is closed to boat traffic for one day and hundreds of swimmers from all around the world challenge their opponents, the currents of the Bosphorus, and themselves in the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race, covering a 6.5km-distance from the Asian continent to the European continent.
Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race, which is the only swimming race in the world organized between two continents, has been named 2016 Best Open-water Swimming Offering, where sixteen other swimming organizations —from England to Chile, from Australia to Japan— were also nominated, by the World Open-water Swimming Association (WOWSA). The Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming is described on website of the WOWSA as follows: "Swimming between continents is something that few people in the world rarely have an opportunity to do. But the Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim is excellently organized to offer this dramatic possibility to thousands of people every year."
In the introductory text it is also stated that the National Olympic Committee of Turkey has grown the 6.5 km point-to-point traverse of the Istanbul Strait from 68 swimmers in 1989 to nearly 5,000 applicants from 52 countries from all walks of life: "Boat traffic in the strait is stopped once per year on this day when people challenge themselves against shifting currents and tidal flows with logistics and a wide safety net at their protection. For providing the self-satisfaction and challenge of a cross-continental swim from the Asian continent to the European continents to 2,200 swimmers, for organizing an aquatic challenge across a dynamic body of water in an iconic location, and for the joyful multi-cultural, multi-lingual ambiance of swimmers from around the world, the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year."
The Samsung Bosphorus Cross-continental Swimming Race, which was held for the twenty-ninth time this year on July 23rd, started from Kanlıca on the Anatolian side and ended in Kuruçeşme on the European side. Kristina Kochetkova with 54 minutes 57 seconds, and in Evgeny Eliseev with 50 minutes 58 seconds, finished first in the women’s and men’s categories respectively.