On the first day of the German National Swimming Championships in Berlin 14 year old Johannes Hintze recorded an astonishing time of 4:23.63 in the men’s 400 IM, finishing fifth in the event. Not only did he destroy the German age group mark in the event, but he became the second-fastest 14 year old to ever swim the event.
At the same age Michael Phelps recorded a 4:24.77, Keita Sunama of Japan posted a 4:24.91 while Ian Thorpe‘s best was a 4:26.42. The only faster time appears to be Great Britain’s Matt Johnson, who went 4:23.51 at the British Gas Championships back in 2010, just a few weeks shy of his 15th birthday.
(Edit: an earlier version of this article ranked Hintze as the fastest 14-year-old in history, but the story has been updated to reflect Johnson’s 2010 time, which was faster).
Hintze, who swims for the Potsdamer Swim Club and is coached by Thomas Luckau, does not turn 15 until July 9th.
This is an unbelievable swim for Hintze as the fastest time that he has recorded to this point in his young career was a 4:33.52.
Yannick Lebherz took the men’s 400 IM in a time of 4:15.34. Lebherz was never challenged in the race, finishing three seconds under the qualifying standard for the European Championships that will be held this summer in Berlin.
Lebherz was quite far off his German record time of 4:12.47 which he posted last year at this same competition. His time puts him fourth among European men this year with Roberto Pavoni of Great Britain leading the way with a 4:12.24 followed by Italian Frederico Turrini with a 4:14.58 and Hungarian David Verraszto with a 4:14.91.
Jacob Heidtmann finished second in the race recording a time of 4:18.86 followed by Kevin Wedel who finished in a time of 4:20.93.
Hintze finished first among junior competitors followed Moritz Brandt who recorded a 4:29.09 and Ramon Klenz who finished in a time of 4:33.50.
Franziska Hentke pulled out a win in the women’s 400 IM touching the wall in a time of 4:44.14. Hentkze pulled even with Alexandra Wenk, who took a strong lead in the backstroke and eventually past Wenk to take the event. It is a lifetime best for Hentke who put up a 4:44.99 earlier this year.
Wenk finished second in a time of 4:45.61 followed by Finnia Wunram who recorded a time of 4:45.86.
Julia Mrozinski was the fastest of the junior women posting a time of 5:00.74 followed closely by Anna Fehlinger who touched in a time of 5:00.79. It was have been a great race to watch except Mrozinski swam in the B-final while Fehlinger was in the C-final. Lea Boy was third in a time of 5:04.51.
Sarah Kohler and Leonie Antonia Beck battled it out for the women’s 800 freestyle title the two hit the half way point five tenths of a second a part. Kohler increased her lead slightly holding Beck at bay and finishing in a time of 8:34.42 just under her previous life time best of 8:34.72. Beck finished second in a time of 8:35.51.
Patricia-Lucia Wartenberg finished third in a time of 8:43.49.
Soeren Meissner won the men’s 1500 freestyle in a time of 15:13.44. Rob Muffels finished second in a time of 15:19.77 followed by Clemens Rapp who took the bronze in a time of 15:20.76.
Full results can be found here