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Swimming EM in Rome: swimming couple Gose / Märtens triumphs

ETina Punzel and Lou Massenberg first cheered in the midday heat, then Isabel Gose and Lukas Märtens crawled within nine minutes in the evening to a double triumph in the Foro Italico: On golden Wednesday, the German athletes at the European Swimming Championships in Rome greatly improved their medal balance . After the disappointing first few days of the water jumpers, the synchronized mixed couple provided relief with the victory from the 3m board, the Magdeburg swimming couple with their first gold medals brought the pool race to a brilliant conclusion.

Gose wanted to jump into the pool again when, shortly after her European Championship triumph, her friend Lukas Märtens also scratched for gold. “I would have loved to have run through to him straight into the water, but they didn’t let me through,” said the new European champion in the 400m freestyle, laughing. On the screen, the 20-year-old watched her partner repeat her success on the same route nine minutes later.

Hard final sprint

Märtens also took a close look at his partner. “I saw how solidly she did it and took an example from that,” said the 20-year-old. The teamwork worked perfectly: the Magdeburg couple gave the German swimmers a furious final – and Olympic champion Florian Wellbrock, for whom the European Championships had already ended, cheered in the stands. After his corona infection, he gave up the open water races.

Gose had to fight hard in the final sprint to save a narrow lead over the local hero Simona Quadarella after 4:04.13 minutes in the noise of the 5000 Italian fans and to complete her EM medal set. Märtens took the lead after 150 m and never gave it up. With 100 m to go, the silver medalist over 800 m was even below the world record of Paul Biedermann, at the end the clock stopped at 3:42.50. Olympic fourth-placed Henning Mühlleitner came in third and grabbed the eighth medal for the German swimmers, who won two golds, two silvers and four bronzes.

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