The German freestyle duo of Florian Wellbrock and Sarah Köhler made it official as the power couple tied the knot this week in their native country.
24-year-old Wellbrock and 27-year-old Köhler became engaged in December of 2020, the year after both of the aces’ international breakouts from the 2019 FINA World Championships.
There in Gwangju, Köhler snagged her first LC World Championships gold medal in the team 5k open water team event when she helped Germany to win the event just 0.2 seconds over Italy and 0.3 seconds ahead of the United States. She went on to take silver in the 1500 freestyle in a new national record as well.
Wellbrock made history by taking the gold in both the 1500m free as well as the men’s 10k open water race at those World Championships.
Flash forward to the 2020 Olympic Games and Köhler once again landed on the podium, collecting bronze for Germany in the 1500m free. Wellbrock wowed again himself, topping the 10k open water podium while also earning 1500m free bronze.
Even more recently Wellbrock fired off a new short course World Record in the 1500m free en route to taking gold in Abu Dhabi at this year’s FINA Short Course World Championships.
Of note, Köhler’s social media now refers to her as ‘Sarah Wellbrock’ so we may be seeing this new name on competition documents ongoing.