Wellbrock, Johansson Lower 800 Free National Records In Stockholm


The final day of the 2018 Swim Open Stockholm saw a pair of national records fall in the men’s 800 freestyle, as Florian Wellbrock of Germany and Sweden’s Victor Johansson both were well under the existing marks to finish 1st and 2nd.

Wellbrock, who smashed the German 1500 record earlier in the competition, recorded a time of 7:46.85, knocking Christian Kubusch‘s 2010 mark of 7:49.12 off the books. Wellbrock’s previous best was a 7:50.89 from last year, and opened his 14:40 1500 in 7:53.65 on day 1. Johansson broke his own Swedish record by nearly three seconds, clocking 7:49.77 to best his 7:52.66 from the 2017 World Championships.

Sarah Sjostrom completed her perfect meet, going 4-for-4 in gold medals with a win in the 100 freestyle in a time of 52.77. That swim puts her #2 in the world behind only Australian Cate Campbell (52.37). Germany’s Annika Bruhn was 54.37 for 2nd, and Finland’s Mimosa Jallow capped off her impressive meet finishing 3rd in 55.56.


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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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