Simon Bucher wins European Championship silver |

The vice-world champion from Tyrol also swam to a European Championship silver medal at the Dolphin in Belgrade.

Tyrolean Simon Bucher swam the longest European silver in the 50m dolphin on Tuesday in Belgrade. The 24-year-old missed out on gold by 0.04s in 23.19s, the 24-year-old vice world champion’s first European Championships individual medal in the general category. Bernhard Reitshammer finished sixth in the 100m breaststroke in 1:00.13 and Lena Krendl finished seventh in the 100m freestyle in 55.07. Heiko Giegler was eliminated in the semi-finals in the 100m freestyle in twelfth place in 48.84.

Greece’s Stergios Marios Bilas won the dolphin sprint in 23.15 seconds and Czech Daniel Krasic took the bronze medal in 23.26 seconds. “I’m very happy with the silver. “I was very happy when we got two,” Bucher enthused. But he also mourned the gold. “You can always find 4/100 somewhere. I had to slide a little bit in attack, otherwise I might have won it. It was a very close match. Anyway, the medal means a lot to me.Being leading in Europe is like being in the world.

This is the fifth medal for an ASV Linz athlete. The premiere took place in Rome in August 2022 with relay bronze in the 4 x 100m medley, followed by Dolphin gold and silver at the U23 European Championships in Dublin a year later and World Cup silver in the long course in February this year. Dolphin over 100 meters. This time Bucher could double down on his favorite route. The heats and semi-finals are held on Wednesday and the final on Thursday evening. “I’m hoping it goes towards a (personal) best time,” Bucher said of what he plans to do in the 100m breaststroke.

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With the Olympic limit in mind, Reitshammer started very quickly and turned first with three-tenths of a second to fourth. 50m later he was 0.86 seconds short of bronze and 0.64 seconds off the Paris standard to win in 58.84 seconds, while Reitshammer was 59.98 seconds in the previous evening’s semi-final. time in his life. “I knew I had to push harder at the end. But it was tough at the end,” the 30-year-old, who turns 30 on Monday, commented on his performance.

Reitshammer still has a modicum of hope for an individual start in Paris, having swum a 59.68-second “opinion time” during qualifying. It is set at a maximum of 59.79 seconds. If the field is filled using the short Olympic chest position, the OSV athlete is one of the few viable alternatives. Things look even better for Heiko Giegler in the 100m freestyle, with the Carinthian just 0.02 seconds short of a standard Olympic ticket. He clearly missed it twice on Tuesday.

After 48.71 in the preliminary run, Carinthian was 0.13 seconds slower on the evening; The Olympic target is 48.34. Like in the morning, Giggler lost ground on the second pitch. On Thursday, the 28-year-old, who turns 28 on Monday, has another chance, as the starting swimmer in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay. “In the preliminary run I will swim at full speed,” announced the FK Spital athlete. Wednesday is Giggler’s only free European Championship day. After the crawl relay, there will be breaststroke and crawl sprints on Friday and Saturday, and the medley relay on Sunday.

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In his first international long course final, Grendl confirmed his first Austrian long course record of 54.81 seconds, set the previous day, with his second best mark. “Even though it’s a lot harder than yesterday, I’m absolutely happy,” said the 26-year-old, not disappointed. For them, it was all about a great finish in the 200m individual medley on Friday. Barbora Simanova from the Czech Republic won the 100m in 53.30 seconds.

The OSV team now has three medals in these title fights; Vasiliky Alexandri won two golds in the technical and free programs last week. (APA)

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