Magdeburg German Olympic Qualifying Event
The second of Germany’s three Olympic qualification meets is taking place this weekend in Magdeburg. The qualification period runs through April 18th and swimmers can prequalify for the Tokyo Olympics at the three meets. The official German Olympic team will be announced after the qualification period. The qualification meet originally scheduled for next week in Dortmund has been canceled due to coronavirus restrictions; this leaves next week’s meet in Berlin as the last opportunity to qualify.
This weekend’s meet in Magdeburg offers a unique scheduling wrinkle. Only the 100 meter events as well as the 200 meter freestyle are being swum as prelims and finals. In the remaining events (aside from the 800 free and 1500 free), swimmers could register for finals without qualifying through prelims. The meet has been set-up this way due to the limited number of invited swimmers and because of coronavirus restrictions.
Florian Wellbrock swam a best time in the 400 free as he broke the 3:45 barrier for the first time in prelims finishing in 3:44.35. Right behind him was Lukas Märtens who posted a 3:45.71 in prelims before a 3:45.29 this evening in finals. Martens dropped nearly three seconds on the day as his best coming into the meet was a 3:48.22. This puts Wellbrock and Martens both under the German qualifying time as well as the FINA A cut in the 400. Wellbrock now ranks 3rd and Martens 7th in the current world rankings in the 400 free. Wellbrock has already qualified for Tokyo in the 800 free, 1500 free, and the 10km open water event.
RANKING SEARCH RESULTS
The women’s 400 freestyle saw another swimmer jump up in the world rankings. Isabel Gose won the event in a personal best of 4:06.11 putting her under the German qualifying time and moving her into fourth in the current world rankings. Her previous best was a 4:06.38 swum last summer.
RANKING SEARCH RESULTS
The women’s 1500 freestyle featured a tight race between German record holder Sarah Köhler and Celine Rieder. The two women were separated by less than a second through the 1400. Köhler, who had led the whole race, used a 1:03.96 final 100 split to pull away to finish in 16:07.71 ahead of Rieder’s 16:09.00. Rieder managed to drop 12 seconds from her previous best of 16:21.00 that she swam only a week ago. With Köhler already qualified for Tokyo in the event, Rieder was well under the German qualifying time of 16:16.00.
Franziska Hentke, the German record holder in the women’s 200 butterfly, won the event comfortably by over nine seconds with a time of 2:09.95. Hentke, who has already qualified for Tokyo, improved upon her 2:10.38 from the morning.