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World Swimming Championships in Doha – The strong Mityukov takes the silver in the World Championships – Sports

World Swimming Championships in Doha – The strong Mityukov takes the silver in the World Championships – Sports

  • Roman Mityukov wins silver at the World Championships in the 200-meter backstroke. For the man from Geneva, this is his second World Cup medal in a row.
  • Lisa Mamie of Zurich came eighth in her first World Cup final in the 200 breaststroke.
  • The new world champion in the top discipline is Marit Steenbergen (NED).

Roman Mityukov was one of Switzerland's biggest hopes at the World Cup in Doha – and the Geneva made it happen. In the 200m backstroke, the 23-year-old dominated the final from first place for a long period before Hugo Gonzalez overtook him in the final metres.

The Spaniard won the gold medal in one minute and 55.30 minutes, while Mityukov won the silver by 10 hundredths of a second. This means that Mityukov remains 6 hundredths behind his Swiss record, which he set in the 2023 World Cup final. The bronze went to Peter Kowitz from South Africa.

Mityukov, as Rigamonti once did

This is Mityukov's second World Cup medal after a bronze last summer in Fukuoka. The Swiss from western Switzerland wrote the history of swimming: He became the second Swiss after Flavia Rigamonti (three silver medals in the 1500 meter freestyle) to win more than one medal at the World Championships. There is also a European Championship bronze from 2021. In an interview with the medalists, the man from Geneva said dryly: “February is fine. Let's see what happens at the Olympics.”

Mityukov had confirmed in the period preceding the World Cup that the medal in Doha would not have the same value for him as last year's bronze. Many of the top swimmers are not in Qatar at the start of the season, with the highlight of the season coming just months later with the Olympics. For example, Hubert Koss and Ryan Murphy, gold and bronze winners in Fukuoka, have decided not to participate in the 2024 World Cup.

Mami has no chance at the World Cup Final premiere

The 200-meter breaststroke final was also held with Swiss participation. However, Lisa Mame learned the lesson in her first ever World Cup final. The 25-year-old from Zurich came in eighth and last place with a time of 2:26.23 minutes. Mami, who stayed more than 4 seconds above the Swiss record, clearly missed the limit for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. “The timing is so bad, I can't explain it,” Mami said disappointedly.

In the lead, Tess Schouten swam alone. The Dutchwoman won World Cup gold with a time of 2:19.81 minutes. Kate Douglas, from the United States, came in second place, 1.10 seconds behind. Canadian Sydney Bickrem came in third place.

Steenbergen is celebrated in the top discipline

Thanks to the final race, Marit Steenbergen became the new world champion in the 100 meters freestyle. The Dutchwoman won the race in the first discipline against 200m world champion Siobhan Bernadette Haughey of Hong Kong by 30 hundredths of a second. Shayna Jack of Australia took the bronze medal. For Steenbergen, it was his sixth World Championship medal, but the most valuable of all.

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