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Isabel Gose and Lukas Märtens each win EM gold in the 400-meter freestyle

European Swimming Championships in Rome
Double success for German swimmers: Isabel Gose and Lukas Märtens each win gold in the 400-meter freestyle

Isabel Marie Gose waves with a smile on her face after becoming European champion in the 400m freestyle

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Gold at last: Swimmer Isabel Gose has won the European Championship final over 400 meters freestyle. She had previously won silver in the 800m and bronze in the 200m. Shortly after her, her friend Lukas Märtens also won gold over the same distance.

Isabel Gose is European Champion over 400 meters freestyle. The Magdeburg native completed her medal streak on Wednesday on the final day of the European Pool Championships in Rome after already winning silver in the 800m and bronze in the 200m freestyle.

In 4:04.13 minutes, the 20-year-old relegated the Italian Simona Quadarella, European champion over 800 and 1500 meters, to second place. Third was the Hungarian Ajna Kessely. The second German finalist, Julia Mrozinski, finished eighth.

In the men’s final that followed, there was another German success. Lukas Märtens also swam to gold in freestyle over the same distance. The man from Magdeburg clocked a time of 3:42.50 minutes, relegating the Swiss Antonio Djakovic to second place by 1.43 seconds. The German success was completed by Henning Mühlleitner, who took third place in 3:44.53 minutes and took bronze. Märtens had previously won silver in the 800 meters. At the World Championships a month and a half ago in Budapest, he was decorated with silver over 400 meters. Before Märtens’ success, his partner Isabel Gose had already won gold in the 400-meter freestyle.

“I saw Isabel’s race and took an example from her,” reported Märtens. “I did my thing and knew that I would be the fastest in the final meters,” said the 20-year-old.

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