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Tomi Stefanovski

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Tomi Stefanovski was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
Tomi Stefanovski, nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year and an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Class of 2016)
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Tomi Stefanovski at the 2016 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in San Pedro, California

Tomi Stefanovski is a former water polo player and current professional marathon swimmer from Macedonia who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 2016 and twice nominated for the 2014 and 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award by the World Open Water Swimming Association,

Professional Marathon Swimming Career

2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Stefanovski was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

Tomi Stefanovski has been competitive on the world-class level for three decades. While masters swimmers comprise of the largest demographic group in the sport of open water swimming, there is no 40-somethings as competitive as the Macedonian water polo player-turned-professional marathon swimmer. In 2016, he did the unthinkable again. Not only did he place third in the 32 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean, seventh in the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli, and win the 33 km Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon, but he also captured the overall title of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix as a 45-year-old, tying with a man 20 years his junior, a remarkable 20 years after he captured his initial FINA Grand Prix title. For coming back after 6 shoulder surgeries and never complaining about tough conditions or the cold, for positively and ably serving as a multilingual ambassador of the sport, for continuing his frequent podium finishes over an incredibly lengthy career, Tomi Stefanovski is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Stefanovski was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

"Six shoulder surgeries and 4 decades of competing are not supposed to add up to a marathon swimming champion. But Tomi Stefanovski is the exception to the rule. The oft-injured swimmer has proven to be able to support a family and raise two young girls while mingling in a competitive career against the world’s fastest marathon swimmers, some half his age. In the most prestigious race on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit, Stefanovski triumphed for the second consecutive year at the Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean, but his victory was arguably less impressive than his ranking as the second best professional marathon swimmer at the advanced age of 43. For completing the 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda, 88 km Maratón Hernandarias-Paraná, 15 km Maratón Cancún, 32 km Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean, 34 km Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog, 33 km Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon and 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli, and for proving how fast a masters swimmer can be, Tomi Stefanovski is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year."

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2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees

1. Adam Walker (Great Britain), Oceans Seven Swimmer
2. Allan Lopes Mamédio do Carmo (Brazil), FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Champion
3. Colin Hill (Great Britain), Race Director & Open Water Ambassador
4. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands), 2-time European Champion
5. Henri Kaarma (Estonia), Ice Swimmer & Cold Water Ambassador
6. Joanes Hedel (France), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Champion
7. Joseph Locke (U.S.A.), Farallons Freestyler
8. Lewis Pugh, OIG (Great Britain), Ocean Advocate
9. Otto Thaning, M.D. (South Africa), Oldest English Channel Swimmer
10. Phil White (U.S.A.), Outstanding Organizer
11. Tomi Stefanovski (Macedonia), Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean Co-Champion
12. Xavier Desharnais (Canada), Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean Co-Champion

Details

Pays : Macédoine, Skopje
Âge : 40 ans
Poids : 82 kg / 181 lbs
Taille : 182 cm / 5'11"
Langues parlées : Anglais
Faits intéressants : Tomi sera notre doyen des nageurs, il affrontera le lac Memphrémagog à 40 ans. Il était arrivé 7e en 2008 et en 2009 lors de ses visites chez nous.

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English Channel

Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim

Stefanovski won the 19 km Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim in Serbia in 1996 and 1999. The Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim is formally known as the Plivački maraton Jarak-Šabac ("Peace Race"), a professional 19 km marathon swimming competition held in the Sava River in Šabac, Serbia. Its winners include the following athletes:

1970 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1971 Ate Sikes Franc, Netherlands
1972 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1973 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1974 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1975 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1976 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1977 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1978 Vojislav Mijić, Yugoslavia
1979 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1980 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1981 Marino Šoljan, Yugoslavia
1982 Marino Šoljan, Yugoslavia
1983 Bojan Jan, Yugoslavia
1984 Mohamed Aly Jassen, Egypt
1985 Zolt Horvat, Hungary
1986 Dariusz Tasarek, Poland
1987 Mihalj Novkovic, Yugoslavia
1988 Premislav Abramovicz, Poland
1989 Nace Majcen, Yugoslavia
1990 Nace Majcen, Yugoslavia
1991 Vojislav Mijić, Yugoslavia
1992 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1993 Vojislav Mijić, Yugoslavia
1994 Vojislav Mijić, Yugoslavia
1995 Zoltan Pavić, Yugoslavia
1996 Tomi Stefanovski, Makedonia
1997 Nace Majcen, Slovenia
1998 Miodrag Vasić, Yugoslavia
1999 Tomi Stefanovski, Makedonia
2000 Miodrag Vasić, Yugoslavia
2001 Miodrag Vasić, Yugoslavia
2002 Nace Majcen, Slovenia
2003 Evgenij Bezručenko, Russia
2004 Gabrijel Chaillou, Argentina
2005 Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria
2006 Anton Sanachev, Russia
2007 Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria
2008 Brendan Capell, Australia
2009 Rok Kerin, Slovenia
2010 Rok Kerin, Slovenia
2011 Guillermo Bertola, Argentina
2012 Ivan Afanevich, Russia
2013 Marin Milan, Croatia
2014 Brian Ryckeman, Belgium

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