Grigoriadis wins European gold at Debrecen

Aris Grigoriadis won the second European Championship gold medal of his career on Tuesday, finishing first in the 100-meter backstroke final in Hungary.

The Greek champion won at Debrecen with a time of 53.86 seconds, two-tenths of a second ahead of second-placed Helge Meeuw of Germany.

Grigoriadis had also won gold in the 50-meter backstroke at Eindhoven four years ago. The Aris Thessalonikis swimmer has switched his focus from the 50 meters to the 100 m as the 50-meter backstroke event is not a part of the Olympic schedule.

He was also the first ever Greek to win gold at a World Swimming Championship, in 2005, when he came first in the 50-m backstroke final in Montreal, Canada.