2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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German freestyler Isabel Gose qualified for her first Olympic final with a new German Record on Sunday in prelims of the women’s 400 freestyle.
Her 4:03.21 undercut the prior record of Sarah Kohler, who swam 4:03.96 to win gold at the 2017 World University Games.
Kohler will feature as a medal contender in the 800 and 1500 free later in the meet, but didn’t swim the 400 free.
German Record Comparison:
|Isabel Gose||Sarah Kohler|
|New German Record||
Former German Record
|200m||61.79 (2:00.45)||62.07 (2:00.96)|
|400m||60.83 (2:02.76)||60.85 (2:03.00)|
For the 19-year old Gose, the time is a drop of almost two seconds, improving her previous best of 4:05.19 done at April’s German Olympic Trials. In the last 12 months, she has dumped more than 3 seconds off her previous best time in the race:
Isabel Gose Best Time Progression:
- July 4 2019 – 4:07.96
- July 25 2020 – 4:06.38
- April 10 2021- 4:06.11
- April 17 2021 – 4:05.19
- July 25 2021 – 4:03.21
She was due for this breakout – even at regular non-championship meets, she was going best times over the last year, so this swim was just a resumption of her momentum prior to the 2019 European Junior Championships. At that meet, she dropped more than 2 seconds off her best time.
She swam at the World Championships a few weeks after those European Juniors, but was a relay-only swimmer there.
She then swam individually at the 2019 European Short Course Championships, which included a silver medal in the 400 free.