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Diego Botín and Florian Trittel, 49er European champions


07/10/2022

Updated at 5:16 p.m.

Diego Botín and Florian Trittel are the new European champions in the 49er sailing Olympic category. The Catalan Cantabrian team was formed after the Tokyo 2020 Games and they have won their first gold in less than a year. In addition, this championship has been played in an open format and the best teams in the world have participated in it. In 49er FX, Támara Echegoyen and Paula Barceló finished fourth in Europe in what was their first competition in their campaign towards Paris 2024.

With the first regatta of the day, Diego Botín and Florian Trittel, after adding a 12, were second, just three points from the gold that was once again in the hands of the Dutch Lambreix and van de Werken. After this setback, the Cantabrian-Catalan team won the last round of the final phase, which put them at the top of the standings with an eleven-point advantage over the latter before starting the regatta for the medals.

At 16:10 the 49er Medal Race got underway with the gold medal at stake between the Spanish and Dutch teams. Botín and Trittel have sailed among the first of the fleet, with the Dutch team always behind, thus ensuring the gold medal.

“European Champions… it was a bit unexpected” said Florian Trittel as soon as they reached land. “The objective was obviously to be at the top and we have achieved it. It gives us a lot of confidence to continue on this path and confirms that we are on the right track. Thanks to everyone who has supported us from home and here in Aarhus. We are very happy”.

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In 49er FX, Támara Echegoyen and Paula Barceló took advantage of the first heat of the last day to enter the medal race positions as seventh in the general classification and fifth in Europe. The Spanish duo continued their good run in the next round to climb to sixth place overall, fourth in Europe, just four points behind bronze.

In the medal race of their class, Echegoyen and Barceló placed second as they passed the first buoy and remained so until the last stages of the regatta. The Italians Germani/Bertuzzi, who were defending the bronze medal, got ahead of them, making the Spanish finish the final regatta in third position.

It should be noted that this has been the first competition for Echegoyen and Barceló in their campaign towards Paris 2024 and that they also had to withdraw in the last regatta on the first day due to a break in material. The final result has been a meritorious European fourth place and fifth position in the general open classification. The global victory has been for the Brazilians Grael and Kunze and the European gold for the Dutch Aanholt and Duetz.

For their part, Patricia Suárez and María Cantero finished the competition as the tenth best European crew. In the open classification they were in 14th place, so they could not compete in the medal race to try to improve their final result.



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