At one point it seemed that the victory in the 41. Faros marathon (the International Croatian Championship in long distance swimming which takes place every last Saturday in August) could finally go to a Croat. Duje Milan from Kastela was swimming alongside Matteo Furlan (27), the winner of the last two marathons, until the very last kilometer. But then, in the finish, the Italian left the 19-year-old Duje, who swims for Split, behind. With the final time of 3:05.07 Matteo scored the third win in a row, while Milan finished second with 3:07:32. Last year he was third.
- I am satisfied with the result. Matteo increased his rhythm in the last 400 meters, and I was not able to keep up. In the last 50 meters I lost my strength. After all, this is a 16-kilometer race. In addition to that, I am in the training process, since in two weeks I will participate at the junior European Championship. There I plan to fight for the medals – says Duje, who despite his youth already won multiple Croatian championship, and was also 10th in the World Championship.
Matteo Furlan received a trophy and laurel wreath from Minister Lovro Kuščević, the envoy of the President of the Republic of Croatia . He admits that the sea of Stari Grad suits him.
The track record (3:01:55 from 2009, held by the German Studzinski - author’s note) was on my mind, but I’m not in the best shape. After the European Championships in the Netherlands, where I won a silver in the 25 km, I gave myself two weeks of vacation - revealed the marathon runner from Venice, the winner of the two world bronze medals.
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This year’s Faros marked the return on Germany’s Angela Maurer (41), one of the three best marathon swimmers of all time. With a score of 3:12.48 she arrived to the eighth victory in Stari Grad, making her the absolute record holder.
- Faros Marathon is one of the most enchanting in the world, I really enjoy swimming here – said the five times world champion at 10 and 25 kilometers. Here I won untril 1998 to 2001 in row, and also in 2004, 2011 and 2012. since 1998 I have not missed a single Faros Marathon. I come because of friendly people and a beautiful nature. Some marathons are too hot, some are too cold, but here it is just right – said the triple winner of La Manche and the member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame since 2015.
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Let us not forget that Faros, as a swimming marathon event, was inducted in the Hall of Fame together with its director Vicko Šoljan (82) as its organizer …