Born June 20, 1994 Sarah Kohler is one of Germany’s group of young rising distance swimmers. Kohler is sponsored by Speedo, and although her distance ranges from the 400 up to the 1500, Kohler is probably most decorated in the 800m freestyle. Born in Hanau, Kohler is one of the world’s fastest distance swimmers, and she has her sights set on Rio 2016 to her Olympic debut.
2012 German Championships serve as breakout meet
Kohler rose to prominence in the Olympic year 2012, when she first made headlines at the German Championships, which served as the selection for London. At just 18 years old Kohler won a gold medal in the 400m freestyle, but she just missed hitting the Olympic standard. Later in the meet the young Kohler also picked up a title in the 800m freestyle, but she just fell short of the Olympic standard again.
2013 World Short Course Championships
After failing to make the 2012 London Olympics, Kohler seemed to be out for blood in 2013. She qualified for the 2013 World Championships, having no difficulty making this qualifying standard, and Kohler took on World Record holder, Mareia Belmonte, and international standout, Katinka Hosszu, in the 800m freestyle. In what was described as an “average” race by media, Kohler held her own at her first World Championships, and battled elite swimmers to take home the bronze medal.
Kohler among 2015’s best
Near the end of the 2013 Kohler finished second in the 1500m freestyle, this time behind fellow youth standout, Leonie Beck, at the German National Championships. But in late 2014 Kohler dealt her cards at the German Nationals, where she swept all three distance events. Currently her time in the 800m freestyle has her placed among the top-10 fastest swimmers in the world rankings.
2016 Rio Olympics
Kohler finished 10th in the 400M Free and failed to qualify for the Finals. In the 800 M Free, Kohler finished 8th. The German 4X200 Free Relay team finished 12th and did not qualify for the Finals.