Day 2 Berlin: Koehler, Wierling, Bruhn Surpass German Olympic Standards

by Daniela Kapser 0

April 18th, 2021 Europe, International, News


The second day of the German Olympic Qualifiation meet in Berlin is the penultimate day of the German Olympic qualification period. That means Saturday wa the last call for the swimmers to grab a spot in the men’s and women’s 100m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 400m IM and 400m freestyle. It counted for the relay candidates to deliver fast performances in the finals.

The rules for the selection of the relay swimmers are that only the fastest performances achieved in a final will be used. Preliminary performances didn’t count.

The competition started with a lot of speed: Annika Bruhn powered everything out and swam for the first time under 54 seconds in the 100m freestyle: The clock stopped after 53.93. Olympic standard achieved. Bruhn was also able to break the standard in the 200m freestyle yesterday.

In the men’s event, Damian Wierling also had to race all out. And the 25-year-old reached his goal to attend his second Olympic Games. With a time of 48.48,  he remained 0.02 seconds below the standard time.

Sarah Koehler is already a member of the German team in the 800 m and 1500 m freestyle. But she achieved another chance for an individual start in the 400 m freestyle with a time of 4:05,99.

It counted today for the freestyle ladies to step up on the Olympic relay train. In addition to Annika Bruhn it were Lisa Hoepink, Marie Pietruschka and Hannah Kuechler who succeeded in doing so in the women’s 100m freestyle.

Add Marius Kusch, Christoph Fildebrandt and Eric Friese to Damian Wierling and here they go as the German men’s 4×100 freestyle relay for Tokyo. Bitter for today’s fourth-placed Josha Salchow is that Eric Friese did not swim his time of 49.05 in the direct comparison today in Berlin, but a week ago in the USA at the Pro Swim Series in Mission Viejo.

Current German Olympic Roster (Tokyo 2020)

German swimmers having achieved national Olympic qualifying times

Swimmers who have earned consideration for relay swims

As a refresher, the Olympic standards, German records, and already qualified swimmers in each Olympic event are as follows:

Women Men
Already qualified for Tokyo German Record German Olympic norm Event German Olympic norm German Record Already qualified for Tokyo
23.73 24.75 50 freestyle 21.95 21.81
52.07 54.10 100 freestyle 48.50 48.24
1:55.68 1:57.20 200 freestyle 1:46.70 1:42.00
4:03.96 4:07.50 400 freestyle 3:46.40 3:40.07
Sarah Köhler 8:16.43 8:30.00 800 freestyle 7:50.00 7:43.03 Florian Wellbrock
Sarah Köhler 15:48.83 16:16.00 1500 freestyle 14:59.00 14:36.15 Florian Wellbrock
1:07.01 1:07.00 100 breaststroke 59.80 58,95
2:25.00 2:24.90 200 breaststroke 2:09.90 2:07.47 Marco Koch
Laura Riedemann 59.77 1:00.00 100 backstroke 53.70 52.27
2:07.63 2:09.50 200 backstroke 1:57.00 1:55.87
57.70 57.90 100 butterfly 51.80 51.19 Marius Kusch
Franziska Hentke 2:05.26 2:08.20 200 butterfly 1:56,30 1:55,04
2:11.33 2:11.90 200 IM 1:59.40 1:55.76 Philip Heintz
4:36.10 4:38.40 400 IM 4:15.00 4:12.08 Jacob Heidtmannn



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