Swimming Matti Mattsson’s superior at the Finnish Championships in swimming, Ari-Pekka Liukkonen has a hard start: five days in the hospital and three weeks without training

Mimosa Jallow was the only twin champion of the day.

Porin Uimaseuran Matti Mattsson was the much-anticipated champion in the 200-meter breaststroke in the long-distance Finnish Championships that started on Thursday in Tampere.

Mattsson’s time on 2.10.99 was just over a second worse than at the World Championships in Budapest just over a week ago and almost four seconds worse than the Tokyo Olympics’ SE bronze time of 2.07.13.

“Hardly anyone is doing better next year after the Olympics. I am relatively satisfied with this season so far and there will still be a European Championships in Rome in August, ”Mattsson commented.

In Budapest, Mattsson swam more than half a second better in the semi-finals than in the final, where he finished eighth.

“Because of celiac disease, there may be something wrong with going to mouth in competitions abroad, even if it should be gluten-free. In other words, there were stomach problems in the finals, ”Mattsson said.

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For the next month and a half, Mattsson will focus on training. He does not swim 100 meters in Tampere.

“I spent Midsummer at home with my wife and children and rested, the next holiday is in late August. In Rome, I expect a time starting at 2.08. There were difficult periods in February-April earlier this year, ”Mattsson admitted.

In June it has been difficult Ari-Pekka with Liukkonen. He was left with a 23.03 bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle after Vanders Kalle Mäkinen and Cetus Espoon Miikka Ruohoniemi shared the championship with a time of 22.93.

“I was in the hospital for five days in June and completely untrained for three weeks. Since then, I have been training at some level for the last ten days, but the period was not even close to full-time training, ”said Liukkonen.

Liukkonen’s record is the Finnish record of 21.58, which was floated in Tampere five years ago.

“Yes, the time starting at 22 should swim even in poor condition. I haven’t seen a swim in the video, maybe the finish was not the best, ”Liukkonen reflected.

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Like Liukkonen, representing Jyväskylä’s Aalto Mimosa Jallow was the only twin champion of the day, the species were 50 meters from the fly and 100 meters from the back.

In addition to Mattsson, the superior champions included a second-generation swimmer Lunch Kasvio In 400 meters of medley.

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