Isabel Gose Drops 9.4 Seconds to Win 800 Free And Earns Olympic Qualifying Time

Magdeburg German Olympic Qualifying Event

April 11th was the final day of racing in Magdeburg. This was one of three meets this weekend where German swimmers were able to aim for their Olympic qualifying cuts, including the competitions in Eindhoven and Stockholm. 

18-year-old Isabel Gose claimed victory in the 800 free, undercutting the German Olympic qualifying time, 8:30.00, and her previous best time substantially with a time of 8:26.37. Going into this meet, her lifetime best was set at 8:37.79, but during an interview she said that she had gotten under the qualifying cut in training already.

This was a longer event for Gose who normally specializes in the 200 and 400 free. She described changing her stroke technique, her “sling arm,” with her coach and focusing more on training for the 800. 

The 800 free was a surprisingly tight race between Gose, Celine Rieder, and Sarah Köhler who were within half a second of each other during the first 200 meters. At the halfway point, Rieder fell back, about 2 seconds behind Gose and Köhler. 

Leonie Märtens and Marlene Sandberg made their move at the 500-meter mark, pushing past Rieder as Köhler stayed on Gose’s toes, about one-third of a second behind her. Köhler was the only other swimmer to undercut the Olympic qualifying time, touching the wall 2nd with a time of 8:28.56. She is already nominated to the Olympic team in this event, alongside the 1500 free, which means there is only one Olympic spot left on Germany’s roster in this event. Märtens finished 3rd with a time of 8:48.94.

Rieder, who has already cracked the Olympic qualifying time in the 1500 free, finished the race in 5th place (9:10.81).

Gose’s time ranks her 8th in the world this season:

2020-2021 LCM Women 800 Free

KatieUSA
Ledecky
07/31
8:12.57
2Ariarne
Titmus
AUS8:13.8307/31
3Katie
Grimes
USA8:17.0507/29
4Simona
Quadarella
ITA8:17.3207/29
5Sarah
Koehler
GER8:17.3307/29
6Anastasia
KIRPICHNIKOVA
RUS8:18.7707/29
7Kiah
Melverton
AUS8:19.0506/17
8Wang
Jianjiahe
CHN8:19.1007/26
9Haley
Anderson
USA8:20.5106/19
10Isabel
Gose
GER8:21.7907/29
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2019 World Champion Florian Wellbrock won the 1500 free with the 2nd fastest time in the world this season: 14:46.03. 19-year-old Lukas Märtens kept pace with him up until the last 200 meters where Wellbrock increased his half-a-second lead to more than 3 seconds. Märtens clocked a time of 14:49.26, the 3rd fastest time in the world this season.

The two finished more than a minute ahead of the rest of the field.

These results mirror the 400 freestyle from Saturday where Wellbrock and Martens finished 1-2 and they both cracked the Olympic qualifying time.

2020-2021 LCM Men 1500 Free

FlorianGER
Wellbrock
04/18
14:36.45
2Bobby
Finke
USA14:39.6508/01
3Mykhailo
Romanchuk
UKR14:39.8905/19
4Gregorio
Paltrinieri
ITA14:40.3804/03
5Lukas
Märtens
GER14:49.2604/11
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Current German Olympic Roster (Tokyo 2020)

  • Sarah Koehler – 800 / 1500 freestyle
  • Florian Wellbrock – 800 / 1500 freestyle
  • Marco Koch – 200 breaststroke
  • Laura Riedemann – 100 backstroke
  • Franziska Hentke – 200 butterfly
  • Marius Kusch – 100 butterfly
  • Philip Heintz – 200 IM
  • Jacob Heidtmannn – 400 IM

 

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Dee
6 months ago

German distance freestyle is going from strength to strength. I think you could realistically argue they’re at least as strong as Italy now.

Last edited 6 months ago by Dee
AnEn
Reply to  Dee
6 months ago

Hopefully you are wrong about Turkey. I fear that unlike in athletics (anyone remembers the women’s 1500 m final at the 2012 olympics …?) they will get away with it in swimming.

Edit: If you read this:
1) What happened to Timothy Shuttleworth after 2016?
2) Any thoughts on the british swimmers who will qualify individually for Tokyo?

Last edited 6 months ago by AnEn
Dee
Reply to  AnEn
6 months ago

Shuttleworth had a crack at OW and won World bronze in the 5k in 2017. Raced his last 1500 the same year. Focus switched to shorter distances after that, showed some ability (50.2s 100free, 2.00 200IM), but focus doesnt really seem to be on swimming professionally since he left Luff. Still involved in swimming in other ways last I heard (clinics etc).

Human Ambition
Reply to  Dee
6 months ago

Will be interesting to sum it up after Tokyo. France is also really strong.

AnEn
Reply to  Human Ambition
6 months ago

They are clearly behind Germany on the men’s side and on the women’s side they are pretty much non-existant. Australia for example is much better.

Dee
Reply to  Human Ambition
6 months ago

France look good OW. Turkey will be next to join the party imo.

Admin
Reply to  Dee
6 months ago

I think you could argue it, but I think Italy is still deeper than Germany at this point. The German top-end is starting to cycle back up, though.

AnEn
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

On the women’s side:
Quadarella is better than Köhler, but i think Gose will do better than the 2nd best italian in the 400/800 free. Germany also has Rieder (16:09 1500 free), Kullmann (4:07 400 free) and Beck (who should be able to swim at least sub 4:08, 8:30, 16:10 if she would try). Overall i would favor Germany, but Quadarella is better at the world stage than all german women.
In terms of medals: Both nations could win 2 medals in distance freestyle, but Quadarella should do better than Köhler.
In terms of finals: I think Quadarella will make two finals and Caramignoli will make the 1500 free final, so 3 finals in total. Köhler should… Read more »