After claiming the gold medal in Glasgow in 2019, the 27-year-old repeated his triumph at the European Short Course Championships held in the city of Kazan, Russia.
He touched in 1:51.70 to take the gold. Vazaios used a blistering middle 100 with a 27.05 back and 32.29 breast split to put himself a full second clear of the field at the 150 and never looked back, winning by three-quarters of a second. That swim is a bit off of his own meet and European Record of 1:50.85, which he set in 2019.
The Italians rounded out the podium, with Thomas Ceccon finishing in second for the silver and Alberto Razzetti sneaking in for the bronze. The Italians both closed hard, with Ceccon posting the field’s fastest closing split of 26.87 and Razzetti having the second-fastest in 27.22.
Vazaios has competed in swimming competitions at the highest level
Vazaios competed in the 200 m individual medley event at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was eliminated after the qualifying heats.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics, he competed in the men’s 200 m individual medley event. He finished 9th in the heats with a time of 1:59.33. He qualified for the semifinals where he placed 11th with a time of 1:59.54 and did not qualify for the final. He was a member of the men’s 4 x 100 medley relay team which finished 15th in the heats and did not advance to the final.
He also swam for North Carolina State University where he won the NCAA Championship Twice in the 200 Yard Butterfly. He was also a member of a two times NCAA Champion 800 freestyle relay breaking the NCAA record, ACC record, and school record. Vazaios was the 2019 scholar-athlete.