Slovak sprinter Volko wins in 200m

Jan Volko set a national record at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Poland.

Ján Volko poses with his medals after winning gold at European U23 Championship. Ján Volko poses with his medals after winning gold at European U23 Championship. (Source: TASR)

Volko won gold in the 200 metres on July 15 in a stunning performance that broke both the national and the championship records at the European Athletics U23 championships. He had a time of 20.33 seconds.

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French athlete Gautier Dautremer was second with a personal best of 20.66 seconds, and Germany’s Roger Gurski was third with 20.70 seconds.

“Well, I didn’t really expect it to be so fast,” the 20-year-old Slovak sprinter from Bratislava said after the race, as quoted by the TASR newswire. "It wasn’t easy, as I got tired after my sixth start at the championship, but with all of my effort I gathered my energy to run as fast as possible. I consider this final to be my best performance, and this was the best race of my career,” he said.

A day earlier at the championship, Volko won the silver medal in the 100 metre race in a time of 10.18 seconds.

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