GREAT BRITAIN’S BREASTSTROKE SWIMMERS

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The British swimmers are very successful during this European Championships. They recorded five gold, six silver and five bronze medals after the first four days of the Championships. It is also striking that – after a long depression – there are breaststroke swimmers fighting for medals and winning medals: and not only one of them. In 200m breaststroke two British athletes stood on the podium. Gold claimed Adam Peaty, silver took Ross Murdoch. Since 1989 there hasn’t been any British swimmer who won the European Championships over this distance. Today again, two British swimmers had a grand entrance in the final of 200m breaststroke. Ross Murdoch, 20 years old, has already grown in the Commonwealth Games in July: his final time in 200m breaststroke was 2:07,31 minutes – and made him the third fastest man in history. In Berlin, his teammate Andrew Willis swam on the lane next to him. Only the German Marco Koch, runner-up in EC’s 2012 and WC’s 2013, could set the British athletes under pressure – and won. Murdoch was runner-up, Willis on rank four.

FIRST GOLD FOR GERMANY BY MARCO KOCH

It was a thrilling race in 200m breaststroke in which Marco Koch (GER) swam fast from the very beginning. During the first 100m Giedrius Titenis (LTU) set the pace, after 150m Marco Koch was in the lead. The last 50m Ross Murdoch (GBR) tried to fight his way to the front, but Marco Koch refused to give up his so close victory. The sold out Velodrom celebrated the first German gold medal. Koch set a new Championship Record in 2:07,47 minutes. His goal was to break the German record. “I had great fun, especially as the winner. After the last turn, I quickly glanced at my opponents and noticed they cannot catch me anymore.”

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