Danish swimming looks to be heading in the right direction after Team Denmark secured nine medals at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.
Over the past eleven days, Denmark’s 15 swimmers have amassed six gold, one silver and two bronze medals for their most ever medals at a major swimming competition, easily beating out the six they won at the Euros in Budapest in 2010.
Jeanette Ottesen won gold in the 100-metre butterfly, silver in the 50m butterfly and a bronze in the 50m freestyle. Rikke Møller Pedersen won gold in the 100 and 200m breaststroke, while Mie Nielsen won gold in the 100m backstroke and bronze in the 50m backstroke.
Men's medal woe ends
Viktor Bromer, 21, won the gold medal in the 200m butterfly in his debut European Championships, Denmark’s first men’s medal since 2006.
Denmark also set a European record in their 4×100 metre medley triumph.
”I am relieved, happy and proud,” Mikkel von Seelen, the high-performance manager at Denmark’s swimming union, said according to Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
“We got the nine medals we were aiming for, but not many of us thought that six of them would be made of gold.”
The Danes could have won even more medals, but were disqualified after winning the 4×100 metre freestyle relay thanks to a false start, while star long-distance swimmer Lotte Friis had to forfeit racing after eating some bad buffet food at the hotel where the team was staying.