Papastamos dominates in Russia
Apostolos Papastamos won gold medals at the European Junior Swimming Championships in both the 200m individual medley and the 400m individual medley, with the 18-year-old also qualifying for the 2020 Olympics.
The swimmer from Chania had already won a silver medal at last year’s European Junior Swimming Championships in the 400m individual medley. This time, in Kazan, Russia, he broke the Greek national junior record en route to winning gold in the 200m individual medley, and he then did the same in the 400m individual medley. In the 400m individual medley, his time of 4:15.18 was enough to make the qualifying standard for the 2020 Olympics (4:15.84), becoming the third Greek swimmer to qualify for the Tokyo Games. This result also makes him the second fastest Greek swimmer ever in the men’s 400m individual medley.
Also winning a medal for Greece was Arkadios-Georgios Aspougalis, as the 18-year-old from Thessaloniki took bronze in the 50m breaststroke. Greece had two boys in the 800m freestyle final, with Alexandros Kachris ending in fifth place, and Konstantinos Englezakis in eighth. Englezakis also competed in the final of the 400m freestyle event, earning a sixth-place finish. Greece also had two boys in the 50m backstroke final, with Ioannis Christou coming in seventh place, and Stergios-Marios Bilas finishing eighth overall. In the 200m breaststroke, Savvas Thomoglou came in seventh place.
In the relay events, the Greek boys finished fourth in the 4x200m freestyle relay, and eighth in the 4x100m medley relay. On the girl’s side, Georgia Damasioti was the only Greek to make an event final, as she finished eighth in the 100m butterfly.