One of the world's great marathon swimming contests -- the 21-mile (34 kms) International Nile Swimming Tourney -- was contested by 36 top swimmers from ten countries on Friday (19 April).
GV PAN Flags at start
SV Swimmers preparing (2 shots)
SV & PULL BACK TO GV Start of race
GV Swimmers away from start
GV Swimmers along course
GV Yugoslavian boats and swimmers
GV British boat and swimmer (2 shots)
GV Another boat and competitor
SV Swimmers in water PAN TO trainer gesticulating in boat
GV PAN Crowd on bridge
GV Netherlands boat and swimmer alongside
GV U.S. boat and competitor
LV Lebanon boat & competitor PULL BACK TO Netherlands and other swimmers
GV Competitors along course
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Background: One of the world's great marathon swimming contests -- the 21-mile (34 kms) International Nile Swimming Tourney -- was contested by 36 top swimmers from ten countries on Friday (19 April).
The field was divided almost equally between amateurs and professionals, women and men. And though it was one of the professionals, Angela Marchetti of Argentina, who took first place and the top cash prize, she was pursued by a group of amateur swimmers.
At the line, Britain's Kevin Murphy took second place from swimmers representing Syria and the Palestinians.
SYNOPSIS: The flags of ten competing countries made a brave show at the start of one of the world's toughest swimming marathons -- the International Swimming Tourney, contested over a twenty-one mile stretch of the River Nile at Cairo.
Thirty-six swimmers plunged into the river ready for the start on Friday. The race is open to both amateurs and professionals, and this year there were eight women competitors among the starters. A full day's swimming lay ahead for most of the entrants, as they moved away from the start. Organisers said the field was stronger than ever before, with as many as ten world record holders taking part. The professionals were competing for prizes totalling three thousand pounds; the amateurs, for cups and medals.
One of the first amateurs to make a showing was the lone British entry, Kevin Murphy, who was among the pacesetters. The race starts at eight in the morning, and competitors must compete the course within a ten-and-a-half hour deadline.
Two Palestinians were among the competitors. Arab representation was stronger than in the four previous marathons. Partizan crowds lining the route could cheer four other Arab countries beside Egypt.
Pre-race reports had tipped the Dutch and the United States entries as possible winners. But approaching the line, it was a woman professional who made the pace. Angela Marchetti of Argentina kept ahead to score a notable victory. Top amateur finisher was Britain's Kevin Murphy, in second place.