2021 GERMAN OLYMPIC TRIALS – BERLIN
- Friday, April 16th – Sunday, April 18th
- Friday/Saturday: Prelims at 10am local/Finals at 7pm local; Sunday: Prelims at 9:30am local/Finals at 4pm local
- Schwimm- und Sprunghalle im Europasportpark, Berlin
- German Olympic Selection Policy
- Long course meters (LCM)
- Start lists
- Live results
This week’s Olympic qualifier in Berlin is the last chance to make the German Olympic team, part of a three-meet Trials period this month.
2000-born Lucas Matzerath dropped a sub-minute swim in the men’s 100 breast, going 59.63 to slice a tenth off of his old best of 59.75, just under the German qualifying cut of 59.80. He edged out Fabian Schwingenschloegl (1:00.02), who set the German record with a 58.95 earlier in the month and is in pole position to make the Olympic team, along with 200 breast specialist Marco Koch (1:00.43).
Koch is already qualified in the 200 breast. There could be more sub-minute swims tonight; Melvin Imoudu, who went a 1:00.16 just a week ago in Eindhoven, was fifth in 1:01.48 behind Maximilian Pilger (1:01.09). Pilger has been 1:00.71, so he’s not far off of the minute mark, either.
On the women’s side, University of Texas star Anna Elendt dropped a 1:07.65, the only finisher under 1:09 and just off of her lifetime best of 1:07.50 from November. She needs to get to a 1:07.00 tonight to meet the qualifying cut.
The men’s 200 free saw several men near the Olympic cut, led by Lukas Märtens, who currently sits #2 under the consideration cut in the 400 free and 1500 free. Märtens hit a 1:46.96, just ahead of Jacob Heidtmann (1:47.00), while Henning Mühlleitner wasn’t far back at 1:47.77 and Poul Zellmann also finished under 1:50 (1:48.63).
Heidtmann and Zellmann were both on Germany’s eighth-place 4×200 free relay at 2019 Worlds, and both men qualified to swim the race individually at that meet. Märtens was closest to the cut of 1:46.70, though, and it’ll be a tight race as all four men look like they could get it; Heidtmann and Zellman both have lifetime bests of 1:46.8, while Märtens and Mühlleitner hit best times this morning but have looked sharp this month.
OTHER TOP FINISHES
- Marius Kusch, already qualified for Tokyo in the 100 fly, led the prelims of that same event with a 52.23.
- Three women broke two minutes in the 200 free prelims, led by Leonie Kullmann at 1:58.73 ahead of Isabel Gose (1:59.31) and Marie Pietruschka (1:59.84). The German cut for this event is a 1:57.20.
- Marek Ulrich and Ole Braunschweig were both under 54 this morning in the men’s 100 back with Ulrich ahead, 53.75 to 53.88. They’re right on target; it’ll take a 53.70 to earn consideration for the team, and no men have hit it yet. Christian Diener is also in the mix after going 54.49 for third in prelims.
- Laura Riedemann, already qualified in the 100 back, was far and away the best swimmer in the prelims today. She was 1:00.04, nearly under a minute and more than two seconds ahead of any other finisher.