Slovak artistic swimmer wins historic medal at European Championships

The Solymosy brothers have won two bronze medals in Rome.

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Young artistic swimmers and brothers Jozef Solymosy, 17, and Silvia Solymosy, 19, wanted nothing more than to improve on their best finish of fourth place from last year’s European Swimming Championships at this year’s tournament.

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Last weekend their hopes turned into a huge success, not just for them, but for Slovakia.

They won the bronze medal in the Mixed Free Duet event of the Championship in Rome this year.

“I am happy to train with you,” says Josef. Said after their achievements. “We have fun and we understand each other. Sometimes we fight, but that’s just motivation to improve.”

The brothers’ ambition and dream is to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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Their bronze is the historic first medal Slovakia has won from a European sporting event in artistic swimming in 29 years.

The brothers placed third last Saturday with 77.0333 points, behind a couple from Italy and Spain. They appeared in Ludwig Minkus’ Don Quixote.

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“Bronze medals are worth gold to us,” said mother and coach Ivana Solimothy. She has devoted her 38 years of her life to her artistic swimming.

second bronze medal

The brothers added another bronze medal from the European Championships on Monday 15 August when they won the medal in the mixed duets technical event. They scored him 75.5914 points.

Ivan Schrek, President of the Slovak Swimming Federation, said: “We are very happy to prove to the sporting world that despite the problems with the pool, great results can be achieved in aquatic sports in such a small country.

He described the Solymosy family as very humble, tenacious, and kind. Slovak artistic swimmer wins historic medal at European Championships

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