European glory for Scozzoli
World championship silver medallist Fabio Scozzoli claimed the 100 metres breaststroke title at the European Championships in Debrecen.
The Italian, second over both 50m and 100m in Shanghai in 2011, touched in one minute 00.55 seconds - 0.13secs ahead of Valeriy Dymo of Ukraine with Scozzoli's team-mate Mattia Pesce third (1:00.93).
Following the race Scozzoli paid tribute to Alexander Dale Oen, the Norwegian who beat him to the 100m world crown last summer, and who died in Arizona last month of a suspected cardiac arrest.
In quotes reported on Swimnews.com the Italian said: "I held on for gold to be able to dedicate it to Alex, who was always there to celebrate my successes with me."
Aristeidis Grigoriadis won the men's 100m backstroke (53.86) while Rafael Munoz took the 50m butterfly title in 23.16 with Sarah Sjoestrom taking the women's equivalent (25.64).
Frenchwoman Alexianne Castel claimed the 200m backstroke title in 2:08.41.
Notable semi-finals saw world record holder Paul Biedermann head the field into tomorrow's 200m freestyle final as he looks to add to the 400m title he claimed yesterday.
Sjoestrom booked an intriguing 100m freestyle final against world record holder Britta Steffen with Daniela Schreiber quickest through in 54.53.