The marathon swimmer Tomi Stefanovski has swum across the La Manche channel on Friday.
It took Stefanovski 7 hours, 42 minutes and 32 seconds to become the third Macedonian to achieve this accomplishment, after Niko Nestor in 1959 and Atina Bojadzi in 1969.
Although faced with unfavorable weather at the start, he managed to reach the goal.
This achievement makes Stefanovski eligible of receiving the national sports award “Sports Pension”. The award will be handed over to him in the premises of the Agency of Youths and Sports after his arrival in Skopje.
The fastest verified swim of the channel was by Petar Stoychev on 24 August 2007. He crossed the channel in 6 hours 57 minutes 50 seconds.
The English Channel (French: La Manche, "the sleeve") is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates England from northern France, and joins the North Sea to the Atlantic.
It is about 560 km (350 mi) long and varies in width from 240 km (150 mi) at its widest, to only 34 km (21 mi) in the Strait of Dover. It is the smallest of the shallow seas around the continental shelf of Europe, covering an area of some 75,000 km2 (29,000 sq mi).