Monday 19 June 2017

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Kiev hosted an elite European Championships in Aquatics for the first time – with the event being hailed a great success.

The 12-17 June Championships in the Ukraine capital saw the hosts win the “Championships Trophy” with 244 points ahead of Russia (242) and Germany (185).

In the medal table, Russia came first with three gold medals, six silver and two bronze, ahead of Ukraine (3-4-3) and Great Britain (3-0-3).

Altogether eight of the participating 23 nations clinched medals, among them Switzerland with their first-ever podium finish in the history of the European Diving Championships.

The City of Kiev and the Ukrainian Diving Federation were praised for the excellent organisation of the event at the LIKO Sports Centre.

“These Europeans here in Kiev were a promotion for diving”, said LEN Vice-President Andriy Vlaskov.

“We had sold-out days in succession, the audience was thrilled, the athletes were happy.

“This was certainly one of the best European Championships ever.”

Earlier in the week Kiev’s mayor and former boxing world champion Vitali Klitschko had said, “My mission as mayor is to host as many sports and cultural events as we can. It is a great chance to promote the city.”

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