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Swimmers Attempt Record In Race Around Manhattan

(credit: AP)

(credit: AP)

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) – Four elite swimmers attempted to break a record in a race around Manhattan.

Three-time Olympian and English Channel record-holder Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria and 2008 Olympian Mark Warkentin of Santa Barbara, Calif., started under the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in the East River between Manhattan and Queens in mid-afternoon Friday.

They were joined by Tobey-Anne Saracino of Rye, N.Y., and Rondi Davies of Australia in the 28.5-mile race around the island.

All four were attempting to beat the record of 5 hours, 45 minutes, 25 seconds set by Shelley Taylor-Smith in 1995.

Warkentin came in first place at 6 hours and 16 minutes, however. He said windy conditions made the swim harder than expected.

The event was organized by NYC Swim.

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