Sport: swimming relays on the first day without EM medal

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Kehrt wohl am Montag zurück: Florian Wellbrock. © Imago/Insidefoto will probably return on Monday: Florian Wellbrock. In view of his recent Corona infection,

was satisfied with the EM start without the hoped-for medal. "Unfortunately, it hurt a lot for time," said the 20-year-old after seventh place with the $ 4х-meter relay in 7: 13.58 minutes, but added: "To knock out again after Corona At the end of the season is okay. " While he was already able to enjoy the grand competition mood on the open -air basin under the Italian sun, teammate and Olympic champion Florian Wellbrock Coronabed must wait longer for his first start than hoped. For him, only training and the audience role remains on Friday.

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On Thursday, third place in the German season had made courage for the precious metal fight. In the end, however, it was not just the winner of Hungary, the second -placed Italians and the bronze winners from France faster than Märtens, Poul Zellmann, Henning Mühlleitner and Timo Sorgius. As expected, it was not too precious metal for the women's relay over the same distance. Julia Mrozinski, Zoe Vogelmann, Chiara Klein and Isabel Gose became fifth.

Hope Governic Gose hopes for a medal

before the relay finals, Gose had achieved hopes for more on the first day of the European Championships. The 20-year-old Magdeburg woman qualified as the second fastest of the preliminary runs over 800 meters freestyle for the final on Friday and is one of the medal favorites.

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at the World Championships a month and a half ago, she had become sixth as the second best European. She wanted to "fulfill her dream that I could not fulfill at the World Cup," said Gose on Thursday and smiled. Her Magdeburg coach and national coach Bernd Berkhahn trust her. "In terms of the preliminary work, she can swim around the medals," he said.

Wellbrock's condition is "changeable"

that can usually also be corrugated on the long distances. If the 800-meter runs are pending on the second day of the competition, the freestyle ace is not included. Because of his Corona infection after the World Cup, Wellbrock is currently only training in Rome. "A unit is doing very well and then not again," said Berkhahn. "It is absolutely changeable. Of course, this is something that unsettles an athlete and which is difficult to cope with."

On Monday, Wellbrock is to intervene in the lead over 1500 meters, over which he had brought bronze at the World Cup. A load test is planned beforehand. "We are now putting everything on the 1500 meters and see if something else works in the open water," said the 24-year-old. The German hopes in the 800-meter race of the men rest on Märtens, who has recovered much faster after his infection than Wellbrock.

In the first evening session in the splendid Roman pool, breast swimmers Lucas Matzerath qualified as a seventh for the

finals over 100 meters. Back swimmer Sonnele Öztürk left over 200 meters in the semifinals.

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