Rigamonti swims to Antwerp gold

Rigamonti checks out her time at the end of Friday's race Keystone Archive

Young Swiss swimming star Flavia Rigamonti has smashed her own short course record in the 800 metres freestyle to win gold at the European Championships in Antwerp.

This content was published on December 14, 2001 - 19:26

The 20-year-old from Ticino knocked more than four seconds off her previous best time in a 25-metre pool to win Friday's race in 8'17"20.

Rigamonti's time also set a new European short course record and was enough to see her beat her nearest opponent, Slovenia's Anja Carnan, by more than three seconds.

Disappointment for Strasser

There was disappointment though for Rigamonti's close friend and compatriot Chantal Strasser. Tipped as a strong contender to join Rigamonti on the podium, Strasser had to settle for fifth place, missing out on third spot my more than nine seconds.

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