Swiss still off pace at swimming championships

Karel Novy didn't have the power he needed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 100-metre freestyle

Swiss swimmers have failed once again to qualify for the semi-finals of their respective events at the world championships in Fukuoka, Japan. Vevey's Karel Novy came closest to progressing beyond his heat.

This content was published on July 26, 2001 - 14:53

Novy, swimming in the 100-metre freestyle event, missed a semi-final berth by 17 hundredths of a second. He finished his heat in 50.25 seconds, 20th overall.

Christoph Bühler, taking part in the same event, finished 15 places further down the rankings in 35th place, over a second and a half behind Novy.

In the men's 200-metre backstroke, Philipp Gilgen completed his heat in two minutes 5.23 seconds. This result left him 28th overall.

The Swiss women also failed to break through to the semis. Nicole Zahnd came 22nd in the 200-metres freestyle in two minutes 2.45 seconds, while Carmela Schlegel, posting a time of 33.36 seconds in the 50-metre breaststroke event, came in 25th.

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