European Championship gold for swimmers Kira Toussaint and Tes Schouten

Kira Toussaint has won the European title in the 50 meter backstroke in Otopeni, Romania, for the third consecutive edition. The Amstelveen swimmer won the final in 25.82 seconds. She was previously the best at the European Championships of 2019 (Glasgow) and 2021 (Kazan).

Kira Toussaint with her gold medal – Photo: ANP

Toussaint was not immediately declared the winner. It was not her lead, which was more than four tenths over the Swedish Louise Hansson. The jury had to check whether the North Holland swimmer had swum according to the rules. That turned out to be the case, so she won a gold medal.

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“Three in a row has been my goal this entire season and I am very proud that I achieved it,” Toussaint said after her gold race. “I was nervous about the final, my focus was mainly on the start. It is good, but not always stable. I was almost away too quickly, but fortunately the competition jury decided after watching the video footage that there was nothing wrong with it. hand.”

Final 100 meter backstroke

Earlier on Friday evening, Toussaint had already convincingly qualified for the final of the 100 meter backstroke. She is a two-time European champion in that area.

Tes Schouten also won European Championship gold in Otopeni – Photo: ANP

It was also a beautiful day for Amsterdam’s Tes Schouten. She swam to European gold in the 200 meter breaststroke with a Dutch record (2.16.09).

It is her second medal at the European Championships in Otopeni. The 22-year-old Schouten won the bronze in the 100-meter breaststroke on Wednesday. “I didn’t have a race plan. I just went into that final as much as possible, hoping that I would last,” Schouten said afterwards.

‘Last meters tough’

“The last 25 meters were very tough, but I made it with a great Dutch record. I really wanted the gold and I succeeded. I saw during the race that I was far ahead. I then thought: if I If I leave it now, I’m a loser.”

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