Andreas Vazaios: Wins 2nd Gold Medal at the European Swimming Championships
Early in December, Greece’s Andreas Vazaios won his second gold medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019, this time in the in 200 metre butterfly category. Only half an hour after receiving a bronze medal, Vazaios won the gold in the race of the 200m butterfly and broke another Greek national record with a finishing time of 1:50.23.
It has been an extraordinary run in Glasgow for the 25-year-old Greek swimmer year old who won the gold medal three days before in the 200m Individual Medley category and the bronze medal in the 100m Individual Medley category. In the 200 metre IM, Vazaios set a European record and became the first Greek swimmer to become a European Champion in the small pool.
Andreas Vazaios (Ανδρέας Βαζαίος) was born 9 May 1994 in Athens. He competed in the 200 m. individual medley event at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was eliminated after the qualifying heats.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics he competed in the men’s 200 m individual medley event. He finished 9th in the heats with a time of 1:59.33. He qualified for the semifinals where he placed 11th with a time of 1:59.54 and did not qualify for the final. He was a member of the men’s 4 x 100 medley relay team which finished 15th in the heats and did not advance to the final. He also swam for North Carolina State University where he won the NCAA Championship Twice in the 200 Yard Butterfly.