Wellbrock Crushes 800 Free German Record, Schwarz Nails Age Mark In Berlin


Two-time World Champion Florian Wellbrock already notched the 3rd fastest 1500m freestyle time of his career on night 1 of these German Short Course National Championships. However, on the penultimate evening, the 22-year-old dynamo took things to a new level to clock a national record in the 800m free.

In the first race of the session, Wellbrock raced his way to 800m free gold in a time of 7:32.04. That outing not only represents Wellbrock’s lifetime best, obliterating his previous PB of 7:40.58 from 2 years ago, but it also overtakes Florian Vogel‘s German standard of 7:33.44 that’s been on the books since 2015.

As a bonus for German fans, 17-year-old Sven Schwarz of Hanover put up the fastest time of his young career as well in tonight’s race, logging a mark of 7:36.00. That gave him the silver in a new German Age Record, crushing his previous PB of 7:40.60.

Wellbrock took the 1500m free gold, as well as the 10k open water gold at this year’s World Championships, while Schwarz took 2 individual bronze medals at this year’s European Junior Championships. He finished in 3rd place in both the 800m and 1500m freestyles in Kazan.

Wellbrock’s effort tonight checks the German in as 6th fastest SCM 800m performer all-time, while Schwarz enters the list at slot #12 at just 17 years of age. Splits for the men’s race tonight is below:

7:23.42 Grant Hackett AUS 1/1/2009
7:29.17 Yannick Agnel FRA French Short Course Swimming Championships 11/15/2012 Angers
7:30.31 Gregorio Paltrinieri ITA 2018 SCM World Champs 12/11/2018 Hangzhou
7:31.18 Federico Colbertaldo ITA Top Times (personal best) 5/10/2010
7:31.92 Mykhailo Romanchuk UKR 12/11/2018 Hangzhou
7:32.04 Florian Wellbrock GER German Nationals 11/16/19 Berlin


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I’d love to see Wellbrock take down the 1500 WR at Tokyo.

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