Marco Koch Goes World #5 2:08.7 in 200 Breast on Bergen Night 2

2019 BERGEN SWIM FESTIVAL

Marco Koch of Germany had one of the biggest swims of night 2 of the Bergen Swim Festival, as he hit the wall at 2:08.72 to win the 200 breast. That time moves him to 5th in the world this season, just six tenths from the leading time. Koch’s best of 2:07.47 is from 2014, but that time from last night is faster than any performance he had in 2018, and it’s just .03 off of his 2017 best of 2:08.69.

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Katinka Hosszu won three events last night, first taking the 200 free (1:57.89), and then the 100 back (1:00.33), and then finally the 200 IM (2:11.16 meet record). Taking second in the 100 back behind Hosszu was Norway’s Ingeborg Løyning in 1:00.71, breaking the Norwegian national record with her swim.

Norway’s Stina Colleou and Germany’s Jessica Steiger tied in the women’s 200 breast at 2:27.97. Just two hundredths behind them was another German: teenager Eva Kummen at 2:27.99. Yesterday was a great day for Kummen, who in prelims dropped her lifetime best from 2:31.31 from 2018 to a 2:29.19, and then lopped another second and change off of it last night in finals.

After winning the 1500 free handily on the first night of competition, the 800 free win wasn’t as much of a blowout for Germany’s Florian Wellbrock. He went 7:49.44, just ahead of Norway’s Henrik Christiansen (7:51.88), while he was a few seconds off of his season-best 7:45.60 from March.

OTHER WINNERS

  • Sebastien De Meulemeester of Belgium clocked a 1:49.44 to take the men’s 200 free.
  • Norway’s Niksja Stojkovski posted a 23.60 to take the men’s 50 fly, just one hundredth off of the Norwegian record. He did, however, break the meet record.
  • Belgium’s Kimberly Buys was 26.41 to win the women’s 50 fly.
  • The men’s 100 back went to German Christian Diener at 54.87.
  • Germany’s Philip Heintz was 1:59.45 in the 200 IM to win the event.
  • Sarah Köhler of Germany was 16:07.33 to win the women’s 1500 free.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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