VDH WINS GOLD AT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2006 IN BUDAPEST
“The BOSS is back!”
Pieter van den Hoogenband won his 3rd consecutive European title at the 200m freestyle event. He is the first swimmer in history to win three consecutive European titles for the same event (2002, 2004, 2006).
VDH came very close to breaking the world record for a while, but finished in 1:45:65.
“This is very special”, commented Van den Hoogenband after his winning race, “I’ve been through hell this past year. It is such a fantastic feeling to be back in the game again. I had to start from scratch after my hernia operation. This proves I’m capable of fighting my way back.”