Hungarian swimmers excel at the European Championship |

Hungarian swimmers excel at the European Championship

Hungary won six gold, four silver and four bronze medals at the 30th European Championships in Swimming, Diving, Synchronized and Open Water Swimming in Budapest. This achievement put the host nation into sixth place on the continental medal table. In swimming, Hungary proved to be the fourth most successful country.

Hungary’s representatives in aquatic sports scored the country’s second best European Championship performance on Margaret Island on the Danube in downtown Budapest after the success of 20 medals (including nine gold) in Torino, Italy in 1954. The team’s most successful swimmer Katinka Hosszú (reigning world champion in the 400-meter individual medley) stood on top of the medal podium three times as she won the women’s 200-meter individual medley (runner-up: compatriot Evelyn Verrasztó) and the 200-meter butterfly event (runner-up: another Hungarian, Zsuzsanna Jakabos) while she was a member of Hungary’s winning team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Hosszú also collected a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley where Jakabos finished third.

The third double victory by Hungarians came in the men’s 400-meter individual medley where László Cseh (the 2005 world champion in this event) stopped the clock right before compatriot Dávid Verrasztó. Cseh also won the 200-meter individual medley. The men’s 200-meter breaststroke was won by the event’s reigning world champion, Hungary’s Dániel Gyurta. Completing the medal count of the swimmers are two bronzes by Ágnes Mutina in the women’s 200-meter freestyle and Gergõ Kis in the men’s 400-meter freestyle.

The divers also contributed with a medal won by Nóra Barta in the women’s 3-meter springboard event.

The head coach of the Hungarian team, László Kiss proudly said that this successful performance may hold out nice prospects for the London Olympic Games in 2012, especially, that eight Hungarian swimmers could not be present at the European Championships since they participate at the Youth Olympics in Singapore.

Sándor Laczkó

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