BERLIN - Former Florida State swimmer Pavel Sankovich finished his 2014 European Championships in Berlin by grabbing the bronze medal in the men’s 100m fly with a time of 51.92 on Saturday. The meet started on Monday, Aug. 18 and will run through Aug. 24 at the Velodrom, which is a part of the Europa-Sportpark in Berlin.
“I knew he had a chance to medal,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “This was a breakthrough for him and I’m anxious to see how he builds off of this.”
In the 100m fly prelims on Friday, Sankovich swam a 52.40 before turning in his career best time in semifinals at 51.83.
“Getting under that 52-second barrier was huge,” Bradley said. “That’s been a long time coming for him and I’m happy he finally did it. After that swim, I knew he had a shot at a medal.”
After turning in the fourth-fastest time from semifinals, Sankovich worked out of lane six for the championship heat.
Touching in fourth at the 50m turn (24.32) Sankovich was able to hold off Great Britain’s Adam Barrett (51.95) at the wall for the bronze, touching with a time of 51.92.
“European Championships and Pan Pacific’s are the two big international meets of 2014,” Bradley said. “The fact that he got on the podium is huge. He still has a long road ahead of him until 2016, but he’s setting himself up very well for the Games in Rio.”
It was the third overall and first bronze medal for Belarus during the meet.
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