From 29 In Gwangju to Just 11 In Budapest, Germany Names Worlds Roster

With the 2022 FINA World Aquatic Championships on the horizon, swimming federations from around the world are releasing their men’s and women’s rosters for the event slated for Budapest in late June.

You can see all released rosters for the 2022 FINA World Championships as they are released here.

The latest lineup to be revealed comes from the nation of Germany, although the announcement is not without some eyebrow-raising. That’s because just 11 swimmers will be making the trek to Hungary, a sharp drop from the stacked collection of athletes sent to Gwangju 3 years ago.

At those 2019 FINA World Championships, Germany sent a hefty 29-strong roster, with the team ultimately finishing 12th in the overall medal table with just one gold and one silver on the whole.

“Our World Championships team is a bit smaller than in previous years, but it’s no less powerful,” said German Swimming Federation sports director Christian Hansmann of this year’s roster.

“During the qualifying period, we were able to celebrate five German records and also world best times of the year. Now it should be up to Anna ElendtLukas Martens and Rafael Miroslaw  to take the next step and confirm these outstanding achievements on the big international stage.”

Elendt did major damage across the women’s breaststroke events this past year, both in the NCAA yards format as well as meters, while Miroslaw recently fired off a new national record in the 100m free. The Indiana Hoosier became the first-ever German to dip under the 48-second mark in the event (47.92).

As for Martens, among the 20-year-old’s recent swims was the jaw-dropping 3:41.60 400m free. That not only represented his own lifetime best and the fastest time in the world this season, but the result also checked in the swiftest performance produced worldwide in the last 5 years.

Although multi-Olympic medalist Florian Wellbrock is on the roster, his wife Sarah Wellbrock (nee Kohler) will be absent, instead focusing on her law studies while she still eyes Paris 2024.

German Roster for the 2022 World Championships

Women:
Isabel Gose (SC Magdeburg)
Anna Elendt (SG Frankfurt)
Angelina Köhler (Hannover 96)

Men: 

Rafael Miroslaw (SG HT 16 Hamburg)
Lukas Märtens (SC Magdeburg)
Henning Mühlleitner (Sport-Union Neckarsulm)
Florian Wellbrock (SC Magdeburg)
Ole Braunschweig (SG Neukölln)
Lucas Matzerath (SG Frankfurt)
Eric Friese (Potsdamer SV)
Josha Salchow (SV Nikar Heidelberg) 

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NB1
7 months ago

will they need semis in Bp?

AnEn
7 months ago

An (in my opinion) interesting stat i “discovered” yesterday:
At the last 2 olympics german athletes didn’t make a single final in men’s/women’s 50/100 free, 100 breast, 100 back or 100 fly. Also the last time a german man made a 50/100 free final at the olympics was in 1992!

For reference:

  • 34 countries (including countries like Belarus, Romania, Israel, Jamaica, Iceland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Lithuania, Ireland, Belgium, Greece, Kazakhstan, Guatemala and Bulgaria) made at least one final appearance in those events at the past two olympics
  • The US made 32 finals, Australia made 20 finals, China made 11 finals, GB/Russia made 9 finals, Canada made 8 finals, Sweden/Netherlands made 7 finals, France/Brazil made 6 finals, Italy/Denmark
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luckyluke
Reply to  AnEn
7 months ago

Well, Britta Steffen won gold in 50/100 free in 2008 – so your statistics are definitely flawed.

AnEn
Reply to  luckyluke
7 months ago

How so? I said that:
a) No german athlete made an olympic final in the 50/100 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 100 fly at the past two olympics, so that means 2020 and 2016 (and not 2008).
b) I said that no german man made the 50/100 free olympic final since 1992 and Britta Steffen isn’t a man.

Last edited 7 months ago by AnEn
Mclovin
Reply to  luckyluke
7 months ago

Really wish you knew how to read before commenting. He was talking about the last two olympics, 2008 as far as I know was 14 years ago..

Last edited 7 months ago by Mclovin
FST
Reply to  Mclovin
7 months ago

But the men did win bronze in ’96 in the 4*100 free. And they had Bengt Zikarsky in the B-final of the 50 free and Christian Tröger and Björn Zikarsky in the B-final of the 100 free. And none of them were former GDR swimmers either nor did they train with any of the dubious coaches.
So you’re right, they weren’t at the top, but there was depth in the sprint in the ’90s still.
The problem is that Germany still trains volume only. It’s like 30 years of sports science never happened there. And there is no support or even just athletic system there in acdemic institutions (high school or college) like in the U.S. or other countries.

FST
7 months ago

No relays then… 🤔

AnEn
Reply to  FST
7 months ago

Germany will field the following 3 relays:
Men’s 800 free
Men’s medley
Mixed medley

FST
Reply to  AnEn
7 months ago

Thanks

AnEn
7 months ago

Smallest german team ever, but ironically Germany could get its best result (in terms of medals) in more than a decade.

olivy
Reply to  AnEn
7 months ago

Do you know what happened to Koch and Shwingenschlogl (forgive me if I spell it wrong)? Why are they not going to Worlds?

Classic_Swimmer
Reply to  olivy
7 months ago

Koch is completely out of shape and failed to qualify. Schwingenschlögl i dunno.

Last edited 7 months ago by Classic_Swimmer
AnEn
Reply to  Classic_Swimmer
7 months ago

I think Schwingenschlögl just wanted to focus on other things this year (like many other german swimmers). Koch is done in my opinion.

Last edited 7 months ago by AnEn
FST
Reply to  AnEn
7 months ago

I agree that Koch is done. The 200 is just too long at his age. He tried the thing in Graz with Dirk, who thinks he can make a sprinter out of anyone, but unsurprisingly he didn’t really improve anything.

Caeleb Remel Cultist
7 months ago

@Retta, any updates on day 2 of the pacific swimming senior open ?

Thanks in advance.

forsomereason
Reply to  Caeleb Remel Cultist
7 months ago

54.11 100 back and 1:59.18 200 IM from Hugo Gonzalez. Nothing else exciting (Stanford girls didn’t sign up for the second day)

Tik Tok
7 months ago

Lukas Martens could be a new (mini) Thorpey

Big Mac #1
Reply to  Tik Tok
7 months ago

But he is only one inch shorter

Last edited 7 months ago by Big Mac #1
Big Mac #1
7 months ago

I though that the German 400 record was beiderman’s and that Martens set the 800. See here: https://swimswam.com/lukas-martens-negative-splits-741-43-800-free-for-german-record-10-all-time/

sam
7 months ago

Easily same amount of medals with 11 than 29…. altho see poss. for even more…. World is going fast so every medal is very hard to get….

AnEn
Reply to  sam
7 months ago

Would be disappointing if Germany wouldn’t get at least 3 medals in the pool:
Märtens (400/800/1500 free)
Wellbrock (800/1500 free)
Elendt (100 breast)
Maybe Gose (400/800 free) or even Miroslaw (100 free) (very small chance realistically)

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