Swiss perspectives in 10 languages

Rigamonti strikes gold in Helsinki

Flavia Rigamonti (right) and team mate Chantal Strasser take gold and silver in Helsinki Keystone

Switzerland's Flavia Rigamonti has taken the gold medal in the 800m freestyle final on the fourth day of the European Swimming Championships in Helsinki.

The 19-year old finished in a world-class time of eight minutes 29.16 seconds to catapault her to number two in the world rankings.

There was more Swiss success with Rigamonti’s training partner, Chantal Strasser, swimming to silver just over two seconds behind. Strasser’s time of eight minutes 31.36 seconds saw her rise to fourth fastest in the world rankings.

It was the first time in the 74-year history of the Championships that Swiss women have taken medals.

In the men’s events, Remo Lütolf set a new Swiss record in the 50m breaststroke semifinals. The 20-year old topped the qualifiers for Friday’s final with a time of 28.12 seconds.

swissinfo with agencies

Popular Stories

Most Discussed

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here . Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

SWI - a branch of Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR

SWI - a branch of Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR