The Budapest Urban Games is back for only the second time in its history and this year the event includes a swim across the Danube.
Among the 263 participants were a few celebrities, including former lightweight boxing champion István Kovács.
Just before the swim he told Euronews:
“When l heard about swimming in the Danube in Budapest, which is like a bucket list event, it was obvious I just had to take part in the event.”
The swim starts from the Pest side and finishes on the Buda side100 metres away from the starting point.
Bozsik Dániel, Euronews:
“All the participants start from here, the Pest side of the Freedom bridge. They have to cross the river, and must keep in mind that the current is really strong, so they have to swim against it so they don’t drift away from the pier on the other side.”
A rescue crew of 40 people on 10 boats was on standby.