Switzerland celebrates its first medals on European multisport podiums

Switzerland celebrates its first medals on European multisport podiums

Since August 11, the Swiss delegation has been in Munich, where the European Championships of nine sports (athletics, rowing, beach volleyball, canoeing, cycling, climbing, gymnastics, table tennis and triathlon) have been unified under the name European Championships. Sunday. It’s hot in Bavaria so they’re all tanned.

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In rowing, Vaudois Raphael Ahumada (21) and Nidwalden Jan Schauble (22) finished third behind Ireland and Italy. A nice surprise for these youngsters and the newly formed duo. “We are very pleased and they agree unanimously. We have now joined forces and are heading into the unknown. Now we know we can compete with the best.

The untouchable French in triathlon

Ahumada and Shauble led the race up to 1000m. Andriy Struzina, who was quickly edged out by Greek Antonios Papaconstantino and Italian Gabriel Soares, future gold and silver medalists Gabriel Soares, was not so in one school, but qualified for bronze. “I tried to stay with them. But that was not possible,” Sugois realized.

Another medal in the triathlon’s mixed relay at Olympiapark. The quartet of Max Studer, Kathia Schor, Simon Westermann and Julie Deron finished third behind France and Germany. A day after winning a hat-trick in the men’s individual event, France crushed this mixed relay. Leo Berger, Emma Lombardi, Dorian Coninx and Cassandre Beaugrand beat Germany by 33 seconds and Switzerland by 49 seconds in the four relays of 300m swim, 7.2km cycling and 1.6km walk.

Only a few Sunday swimmers disturb the perfect Olympic swimming pool in Olympiapark, where Mark Spitz won seven gold medals fifty years ago at the Munich Olympics. After making public cause in Glasgow 2018 during the first edition of the European Championships, swimming decided to defend itself in its corner. His European Championships are held in Rome. So they don’t count officially on the medal list (it’s not official) but it’s hard not to include them: the televisions go from Munich to Rome and the public follows.

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Progress of No Ponty

In Rome, therefore, No Ponti unlocked the Swiss medal counter at the European Long Course Championships in Rome. A year after winning Olympic bronze in the discipline, the 21-year-old Ticino won silver in the 100m butterfly. Hungarian star Kristof Milak won the gold.

Noe was unbeaten at the Ponti Foro Italico at the World Championships in Budapest at the end of June, a disappointing 8th over his favorite distance. The 2021 world vice champion in the short course 200m butterfly swam 50”87, 0”13 off the Swiss record set in the finals of the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

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Having tested positive for Covid-19 on his return from Budapest, where he broke out in the last ten meters of the 100m butterfly final, No Ponty was however unable to prepare for these championships as he would have liked. Missing the Swiss Summer Championships in mid-July, he was able to maintain his strength by dropping the 50m butterfly at the start of these Roman Games.

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