Four Swimmers Win Second Golds
HELSINKI, Finland (AP) _ Massimiliano Rosolino, Agnes Kovacs and Nina Zhivanevskaya won their second swimming titles and Dmitry Sautin struck gold again in diving Friday at the European Swimming Championships.
Rosolino held off a strong challenge from Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband to win the men’s 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 47.31 seconds. The Italian’s first gold came in the 200 medley.
Van den Hoogenband, the silver medalist in the 100 free, finished at 1:47.62.
Kovacs, who won her third straight women’s 100-meter breaststroke gold Wednesday, retained her title in the 50 breaststroke at 31.68.
``My victory in the 100 was more important because it’s an Olympic event,″ the Hungarian said.
Zoe Baker of Britain was second (32.00).
Zhivanevskaya, a Russian-born competing for Spain, won the women’s 100 backstroke at 1:01.02. She previously won the 200 backstroke.
``I had hoped to swim under 1:01, but I was very tired after the 200,″ she said. ``Anyway, my time was faster than last year’s European Championships and my best of the year.″
Diana Mocanu of Romania finished second (1:01.54).
Sautin teamed with Igor Loukashin to win the men’s synchronized platform title with 323.46 points. Ukranians Roman Volodkov and Oleksandr Skrypnik placed second (292.74).
After a bronze in the 50 butterfly, a silver in the 100 free, Slovakia’s Martina Moravcova finally struck gold in the women’s 100 butterfly. Moravcova was timed in 58.72.
Otylia Jedrzejczak of Poland took the silver (58.97).
Ukraine’s Igor Chervynskiy won the longest men’s race of the meet, with a personal best of 15:05.31 in the 1,500-meter freestyle.
``I knew I could win even though I’m young,″ said Chervynskiy, an 18-year-old former two-time European junior champion.
Emiliano Brembilla, the 400 free winner from Italy, narrowly missed another gold. He was just over a second behind.
German Mark Warnecke won the non-Olympic men’s 50 breaststroke at 27.75, with Oleg Lisogar of Ukraine second (27.81).