Marlene Kahler Cracks Austrian Record In 800 Free On Day 2 Of Berlin Open


The 2020 Berlin Swim Open continued today with Austrian Bernhard Reitshammer doubling up on his 100m back victory from day 1 with a gold in the 200m back.

Reitshammer stopped the clock in a time of 1:59.78 to represent the only swimmer under the 2:00 threshold in the final. In fact, the 25-year-old Austrian himself had never before been under the 2-minute barrier, owning a previous personal best of 2:00.60 from the FINA World Cup circuit last year.

The 200m back FINA ‘A’ qualifying time for this summer’s Olympic Games rests at a swift 1:57.50, meaning Reitshammer will need to hack off almost 2 more seconds to snag that top qualifying minimum.

16-year-old Zoe Vogelmann 0f the host nation got it done for gold in the women’s 200m IM, as the Heidelberg swimmer touched the wall in 2:14.20. She is the reigning European Junior Championships gold medalist in this event and placed 7th at the European Short Course Championships. Vogelmann’s PB stands at 2:14.20.

Yesterday’s 1500m freestyle champion Sven Schwarz nailed a time of 3:53.13 to take the men’s 400m free here on night 2. That checks in as a career-quickest mark for the teen, who is the reigning European Junior Championships bronze medalist in the 800m free (7:53.74) and 1500m free (15:09.41).

Christopher Rothbauer was on the move yet again, doubling up on his 200m breast Austrian national record from last night with a new mark in the 100m breast tonight. Stopping the clock in 1:00.53, Rothbauer sliced .06 off of his own previous national standard set just under a year ago. You can read more about Rothbauer’s 100m breast record here.

Another Austrian national record went down courtesy of Marlene Kahler in the women’ s 800m free. Kahler took gold tonight in a time of 8:32.51, slashing over 4 seconds off of the previous national standard of 8:36.57 that Jodris Steinegger put on the books at the 2008 Olympic Games China.

Entering this competition, Kahler’s lifetime best sat at the 8:36.57 that garnered her the bronze medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

A time of 8:33.36 is what Kahler needed to snag a FINA ‘A’ qualifying time for the Olympic Games this summer, so the 18-year-old got it done with her 8:32.51 outing this evening.

Jenna Laukkanen of Finland powered her way to the 50m breaststroke win for the women, touching in 31.38. It was teammate Ida Hulkko, however, who snagged the top prelims effort, however, with the FSU red-shirt athlete clocking 31.58 before scratching the final.

Additional Notes:

  • Ramon Klenz of Germany took the men’s 50m fly, stopping the clock in 24.16. That’s a new personal best by .06.
  • The women’s 100m free saw Polish swimmer Kornelia Fiedkiewicz punch the wall in a time of 55.62, edging out Johanna Roas who touched .30 later in 55.92. The pair represented the only sub-56 second swimmers in the final.
  • Poland’s Anna Dowgiert put up the fastest 50m fly time of the women, hitting 26.41 to top the podium.

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Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

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