Over eight thousand people took part in the annual “Swim Across Lake Balaton” swimming event, held for the 35th time between the lakefront settlements of Révfülöp on the northern shore and Balatonboglár on the opposite side. A total of 8277 swimmers registered for the 5200-metre challenge held last Sunday.
The swimlane across the lake was marked by ships standing some fifty metres apart from each other, where contestants could stop to have a break and refresh themselves with glucose and drinking water. Although the number of participants fell short of the “dream threshold” of then thousand – which has been surpassed only three times during the event’s history -, organisers spoke of their happiness at receiving so many registrations.
Similarly to previous years, this year’s event also saw the participation of several sportsmen, including Hungarian ocean swimmer Attila Mányoki. The oldest participant was the 82-year-old Elemért Bucsányi. Professional swimmers also plunged into the lake’s 25-27 °C warm water, with Hungary’s female junior European Champion Janka Juhász being the quickest with 1 hour and 4 minutes and 26 seconds, setting this year’s best times. Among men, it was Máté Kutasi who completed the distance first.
via MTI; photos: György Varga – MTI