EVERY year in a Grand swim across the Bosphorus more than 2,000 people take part from different parts of the globe who have to cover a distance of 6.5 km. The time limit of the swim is 2 hours. This year the competition will be attended by swimmers from 52 countries, including Ukraine, Great Britain, Russia, Oman, Philippines and others. In addition, the race will be attended by Marcos Diaz, who became the first athlete to cross five continents by swimming in 2009. The popularity of the race can be judged by the fact that the quota for 1,200 foreign swimmers was filled in 28 minutes.