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Three European Medals for Icelandic Swimmer

Icelandic swimmer Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir won her third medal at the LEN European Aquatics Championships in London yesterday when she captured the silver in the 50 m breaststroke. She had previously won silver in the 100 m breaststroke and bronze in the 200 m breaststroke.

She is the first Icelander to ever win a European championship medal in a 50-meter long pool. “I wanted to get these three, that is, medals for 50, 100 and 200 m breast stroke. Not many people have achieved that,” Hrafnhildur told RÚV.

Hrafnhildur is the only female contestant at the European Championships to win a medal for all three breast stroke races.

When asked to what she attributed this amazing performance, she answered, “I have to thank my coach Klaus [Jürgen Ohk], my parents, because I couldn’t do anything without them. They have supported me through everything. I also want to thank my friends and my boyfriend.”

“I intended to use the European Championships as a sort of practice meet, since I wasn’t fully rested. I mainly wanted to see where I stood, but was hoping to swim close to my best times. So, setting a national record in all events and receiving a medal for all of them is far beyond by expectations,” Hrafnhildur commented. “I’m extremely happy.”

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