Greece’s Vazaios Wins European Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final in Russia


Winner Andreas Vazaios of Greece, center, silver medal Thomas Ceccon of Italy and bronze medal Alberto Razzetti of Italy pose during a medal ceremony after the Men's 200m Individual Medley Final at the European Short Course Swimming Championships at the Aquatics Palace in Kazan in Russia, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)


Kazan, Russia – Greece emerged from the European Short Course Swimming Championships hosted in the Russian city of Kazan with two medals. Andreas Vazaios won gold in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final and Apostolos Christou took home the bronze in the Men’s 100m Backstroke Final.


Winner Andreas Vazaios of Greece competes during the Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final at the European Short Course Swimming Championships at the Aquatics Palace in Kazan in Russia, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)


The 27-year-old Vazaios, Greece’s record holder, clocked in at 1:51.70, successfully defended his Short Course European title with a notably strong middle-part of his swim effort which created separation from his rivals. Apostolou, 25, who competes for Olympiacos in Greece, won his second European Championship bronze medal following his prior bronze in the 2018

European Championships.


Winner Kliment Kolesnikov of Russia, center, silver medal Robert-Andrei Glinta of Romania, left, and Apostolos Christou of Greece pose during a medal ceremony after the Men’s 100m Backstroke Final at the European Short Course Swimming Championships at the Aquatics Palace in Kazan in Russia, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)