Wednesday , 23 June 2021


Three European gold medals for Greek Paralympan Demosthenes Michalentzakis

Three are now the gold medals of Demosthenes Michalentzakis at the European Swimming Championships hosted for the 5th day in Madeira, Portugal. The Hebridean "gold" Paralympian of Rio, was impressive in yet another event of the biggest event before the Tokyo Games, reaching the top again. So after the 100m. butterfly and the 100m. free, Michalentzakis won the gold medal in all 50m. free class S8, at the same time as Panagiotis Christakis took the bronze medal in the 50m. free category S6. With tonight's medals, Greece has reached nine so far in the event, four of them gold.

Michalentzakis, as happened in the qualifier (26.89) so in the final he left no room for his opponents. With an impressive start, he came first in the finish with a performance of 26.84, leaving in second place Russian Nikolaev (27.06) and in third place Ukrainian Dubrovnik (27.45).

Panagiotis Christakis, although he entered the final with the 6th best performance of the qualifiers (32.44), managed to find himself in the medals of 50m. free S6. His performance in the final was 32.12. This is the second European medal for Christakis in this event in the last 5 years, since in 2016, in the same swimming pool, he was in 2nd place. The same final was attended by Giorgos Serrs, who was ranked 5th with 32.33.

Fourth place in the 100m. SB5, with a new national record, was captured by Maria Tsakonas. Her performance in the final was 2:00.72. The previous record belonged to the same as 2:03.62 from 18 October 2020 in Athens.

Charalambos Taiganidis also set a new national record in the 100m. free S12. His performance in the final was 55.64, improving his record in the morning qualifier with 55.78.

Alexandra Stamatopoulou failed to double the medals in the event, although she was very close to the 50m. free S4, where it ranked 4th with 46.38.

At 50m. S1, Dimitris Karypidis was ranked 4th with 1:28.22, while a place below was Alex Taxiarchis (1:58.35). In addition, Evangelia Chioti was 7th in the 50m. free S13 with 29.40, while Efthymia Goulis, took 8th place in the final of the 400m. free S9 with 5:40.87.

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