Maaike de Waard seized the bronze medal in the 50 meter backstroke at the European Swimming Championships in Rome on Sunday. The 25-year-old Dutch touched in the final after 27.54 seconds.
Only Analia Pigree from France (27.27) and the Italian Silvia Scalia (27.53) set a faster time than De Waard. Kira Toussaint, the 2021 European champion, finished fourth in 27.73. Earlier this tournament, De Waard already won bronze in the 50-meter butterfly.
The native of Vlaardingen did not qualify for the final in the 100-meter butterfly. De Waard finished eighth in her semi-final in 59.46. There was less than half an hour between the final in the 50-meter backstroke and the semi-final in the 100-meter butterfly.
Korstanje grabs next to medal
Nyls Korstanje failed to win a medal in the 100-meter butterfly. The 23-year-old Dutchman finished seventh.
Korstanje was the first to return in the final, but was unable to maintain his leading position. With his time of 51.79 he only kept the Portuguese Diogo Ribeiro (52.28) behind him. The gold went to the Hungarian Kristof Milak (50.33), to Noe Ponti from Switzerland (50.87) and the Pole Jakub Majerski (51.22).
Korstanje finished fourth in the 50-meter butterfly on Friday. He won gold with the mixed relay team in the 4×100 meter medley.