2022 Stockholm Open Day 2: Martens Rips 1:45.44 200 Free, #1 in the World

2022 STOCKHOLM OPEN

  • April 9 to 12, 2022
  • Erikdalsbadet, Sweden
  • Long Course Meters (50 m)
  • Live Results

The high-level swimming continued through day 2 of the Stockholm Open. Lukas Martens, fresh off his stunning 3:41.60 in the 400 free last night, won the men’s 200 free today in a speedy 1:45.44. The swim lines up quite well with his 400 yesterday, where he split 1:50.52 on the first 200 of the race.

Just as he did in the 400, Martens flexed his endurance muscles, splitting the race very tightly. He was 25.05 and 26.95 on the first two 50s, for a 52.00 on the first 100. He then split 26.74 and 26.70 on the final two 50s, coming home in 53.44 on the final 100.  Additionally, Martens’ time stands as the fastest in the world this year, coming in 0.10 seconds faster than the 1:45.54 Duncan Scott swam today as well.

Outside of Martens, this was a shockingly fast field in Erikdalbadet. Coming in 2nd was Felix Auboeck, swimming a 1:46.14, just 0.44 seconds off his own Austrian Record from last year. He now ties for 6th in the world this year. Danas Rapsys finished 3rd in 1:46.43, while Andreas Vazaios was 4th in 1:46.94. Vazaios’ time marks a new Greek Record, downing the previous mark of 1:47.48, which Vazaios himself set in 2017.

All 4 swimmers cracked the top 18 in the world this year. You can view the world rankings below:

2021-2022 LCM Men 200 Free

DavidROM
Popovici
08/15
1:42:97 WJR
2Hwang
Sunwoo
KOR1:44.4706/20
3Thomas
Dean
GBR1:44.9806/20
4Drew
Kibler
USA1:45.0106/20
5Duncan
Scott
GBR1:45.0207/30
6Felix
Auboeck
AUT1:45.1106/20
7Kieran
Smith
USA1:45.1606/20
8Antonio
Djakovic
SUI1:45.3208/14
9Lukas
Martens
GER1:45.4404/10
10Elijah
Winnington
AUS1:45.5306/19
View Top 27»

Florian Wellbrock and Mykhailo Romanchuk clocked great times in the men’s 1500 today, touching in 14:53.66 and 14:54.10 respectively. Wellbrock was a little bit faster last month, clocking a 14:47.03, which ranks him 2nd in the world this year. For Romanchuk, it was a season best, putting him 5th in the world this year.

2021-2022 LCM Men 1500 Free

2Mykhailo
Romanchuk
UKR14:36.1008/16
3Bobby
Finke
USA14:36.7006/25
4Florian
Wellbrock
GER14:36.9403/25
5Lukas
Martens
GER14:40.2803/25
View Top 27»

Additionally, Daniel Wiffen came in 3rd with a 15:02.78, breaking his own Irish Record by 5 seconds. The previous record stood at 15:07.69, a time which he swam at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Sarah Sjostrom was cooking in the women’s 100 fly today, swimming a 56.70 to narrowly beat out Louise Hansson (56.89). Sjostrom used her speed to her advantage, getting out to a 26.65 on the first 50, 0.36 seconds ahead of Hansson. The swims are season bests for both women, putting Sjostrom #2 in the world this year and Hansson tied for #3.

2021-2022 LCM Women 100 Fly

TorriUSA
Huske
06/19
55.64
2Marie
Wattel
FRA56.1406/19
3Zhang
Yufei
CHN56.2409/20
4Claire
Curzan
USA56.3503/04
5Maggie
MacNeil
CAN56.3607/30
View Top 27»

In the women’s 50 breast, Anastasia Gorbenko led Ruta Meilutyte into the finish, touching in 30.45 to Meilutyte’s 30.57.

Robert Glinta was exceptional in the men’s 50 back tonight, swimming a 24.49 to win the race, breaking the meet record in the process. With the performance, Glinta grabbed the top time in the world this year by a huge margin.

2021-2022 LCM Men 50 Back

HunterUSA
Armstrong
04/28
23.71 (WR)
2Justin
Ress
USA23.9204/28
3Kliment
Kolesnikov
RUS23.9304/27
4Shaine
Casas
USA24.0004/28
5Apostolos
Christou
GRE24.3608/15
View Top 27»

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Sunday Morning Grind
9 months ago

Is there race footage of him from this weekend or the 14:40 anywhere?

Wauha Kello
9 months ago

My friends are at that meet

SwimReason
9 months ago

A couple of years ago, the sport of ski jumping experienced an epidemic of athletes losing bodyweight to gain an advantage. At one point, it developed into a medical issue. In swimming, there’s tons of research on the subject of lean body mass. Last year I’ve noticed how swimmers in a couple of events are getting leaner and leaner. I’m not saying this is an issue just yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if future winners of these events have a BMI of way under 18. What happens when a 6’3 swimmer weighs in at 143 lbs and sets a new world record?

AnEn
Reply to  SwimReason
9 months ago

Makes sense, but only in endurance events. Just look at athletes like Mo Farah or Therese Johaug. Probably makes his world-leading 200 free even more impressive.

oxyswim
Reply to  SwimReason
9 months ago

I don’t think we’ll see anything like that in a sport where fat mass can literally help maintain higher body position. For shorter distances athletes need enough muscle to create propulsion, for longer events intramuscular fat is an important energy source while racing and training.

There’s an argument to be made for the long axis strokes that a slighter athlete like Kolesnikov, Rylov, Popovici, or Duncan Scott is going to be able to move more efficiently and fatigue less quickly, but there’s a massive genetic component to that, and many athletes would be bad if they tried to copy that build. At the end of the day everyone has to individualize their approach.

AnEn
9 months ago

He is entered in the 100 back today, will be Interesting to See what he can do there if he actually swims it. Sub 55 should be possible But that is an irrelevant time at World Stage so not Sure what his thinking is. Maybe he swims ist just for Fun. Personally i would have preferred to See him in the 100 free.

Also: Probably Doesnt Happen too often on the Mens side that someone is Ranked First in Four different olympic events/Top 3 in Five different Olympic events.

Last edited 9 months ago by AnEn
Dylan
Reply to  AnEn
9 months ago

55.46 in prelims and it appears that he scratched the finals. I would have expected him to be a bit faster since he is 1:56.9 in the 200

Dylan
9 months ago

He’s also second in the world in 200 backstroke right now. Insane

ddd
9 months ago

In the past few years, the 200-meter freestyle has been speeding up like crazy.

Drewbrewsbeer
9 months ago

World officially on notice!

Big Mac #1
Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
9 months ago

I thought that was yesterday

Drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  Big Mac #1
9 months ago

There are always doubters after the first big one.

DCSwim
9 months ago

He’s giving 2005 Hackett vibes

olivy
Reply to  DCSwim
9 months ago

2012 Sun Yang* > 2005 Hackett

PFA
Reply to  DCSwim
9 months ago

Kind of reminds me of Thorpe or yang just slightly older. What will really nail it is if he goes the #1 time in the world in the 800 tomorrow.

Last edited 9 months ago by PFA