Spendolini-Sirieix and Bertoni named as finalists for prestigious EOC award

Spendolini-Sirieix and Bertoni have enjoyed impressive success in 2022 – LEN

British diver Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix and Italian swimmer Filippo Bertoni have been announced among five finalists for the annual EOC’s ‘Best European Youth Athlete’ Piotr Nurowski Prize (PNP).

The award acknowledges young up-and-coming athletes who have not only excelled in the past year, but also demonstrated exceptional conduct on and off the field of play.

It was established by the European Olympic Committee (EOC) in 2011 in honour of the late former tennis player and Polish Olympic Committee president.

Spendolini-Sirieix, who turned 18 earlier this month, followed up individual and synchronised 10m Commonwealth Games titles for England with two further golds medals at the LEN European Championships in Rome for Britain.

The 10m diver also claimed bronze in the Team Event at the Budapest 2022 senior World Championships in June.

This year 16-year-old Bertoni has won three titles at the European Youth Olympic Festival, helped the Italian boys to 4x200m freestyle success at the European Juniors.

The Italian claimed 200m freestyle bronze at the World Junior Championships in Peru earlier this month.

Popovici has won the 100m and 200m freestyle in all major events he’s raced in 2022 – LEN

Romanian freestyle specialist David Popovici won the last summer edition of the award in 2021 following a breakthrough season which included an Olympic debut at the age of 16 and three gold medals at the European junior championships.

He has since gone on to become one of the most recognisable names in the sport after following up two maiden senior World championships titles with a maiden senior world record – in the 100m freestyle – at the LEN European Championships in Rome last month.

The winner of the 11th Summer Edition of the Piotr Nurowski Prize will be voted for on 30 September 2022, with the result revealed later that day in Olympia, Greece.

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