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Rafa Muñoz and Duane da Rocha, options first medal in Debrecen

Rafa Muñoz and Duane da Rocha, options first medal in Debrecen
MADRID, May 21, 2012 (EuropaPress)
    The Andalusians Rafa Muñoz and Duane da Rocha on Monday became the first choices of the Spanish delegation medal in the 31 European Swimming Championships, which are fighting in the Hungarian city of Debrecen.
    The Cordoba defend his continental crown two years ago in Budapest in the 50 meters butterfly, which is the current world record holder, while Malaga seek the podium in the 200 meters backstroke, where the Hungarian capital was bronze.
    So forget your past disappointments Muñoz and passed the preliminary and semi-finals to try to fight for a medal that will return a lost joy. The Spanish became the third best mark in qualifying with 23.76 overtaken by Frenchman Frederick Bousquet (23.60) and Serbian Milorad Cavic (23.70) in 50 butterfly, and then improved his time trial (23.70) to advance to the finals with the sixth best brand.
    Meanwhile, Da Rocha went into the penultimate round with the sixth fastest time, 2:12.73, and swam faster (2:11.86) to reach the fine with the seventh fastest time complicated and will reissue the success of Budapest.
    In contrast, among the negative notes were deletions in the series of Juan Miguel Rando, in the 100 back, junior Beatriz Gomez Cortes, disqualified in the 400 individual medley, and the young Antonio Arroyo, in the 400 free.
    Debrecen also crowned its first champions of Europe. The German Paul Biedermann won the first gold of the appointment, in the 400 free, in a tight duel with local Gergo Kis, Hungary's Katinka Hosszu took the title in the 400 individual medley, while Germany and France took the relay 4x100 female and male, respectively.