BERLIN, Germany, June 26. THE women's 50 back world record couldn't have more confusion surrounding it right now with Daniela Samulski shooting down the world record in the event at the German Long Course Nationals.
While Russia's Anastasia Zueva has the fastest recorded time in an approved suit with a 27.56 at the Monaco stop of the Mare Nostrum, she wasn't drug tested due to some confusion regarding the ratification an earlier swim done in an unapproved suit. More on that situation here.
However, Samulski rocketed to 27.61 to claim the title at the German Nationals tonight, as well as wipe out the world record of 27.67 held by Australia's Sophie Edington and China's Zhao Jing.
Incidentally, Samulski's effort also beat her national record of 27.83 also set at the Monaco stop of the Mare Nostrum. Deborah Gonschorek (28.94) and Christin Zenner (29.15) touched second and third in the women's 50 back.
Samulski also took home the women's 50 fly title with a 26.65 later in the evening. Lena Kalla finished second in 27.03, while Lisa Graf placed third in 27.32.
Several other national records fell during the day. Johannes Dietrich edged the men's 50 fly standard with a time of 23.43. His performance cleared Thomas Rupprath's 2007 record of 23.46. Rupprath placed second in 23.50 with Steffen Deibler taking third in 23.57.
Rupprath lost another German record as Helge Meeuw posted a 24.64 to beat Rupprath's 24.73 set yesterday in the men's 50 back. Rupprath finished second here as well with a 24.99, while Dominik Keil took third in 25.07.
Hendrik Feldwehr and Johannes Neumann tied for the men's 50 breast victory with matching times of 27.30. The swims both beat Feldwehr's national mark of 27.37 set yesterday. Marco Koch completed the podium in 28.04.
In other finals events, Deibler won the men's 50 free in 22.19. Rafed El-Masri (22.27) and Christoph Fildebrandt (22.71) placed second and third. Kerstin Vogel earned the women's 50 breast crown in 31.20 with Caroline Ruhnau (31.37) and Sarah Poewe (31.58) grabbing second and third. Silke Lippok also snared the women's 200 free in 1:59.65 with Daniela Schreiber taking second right behind in 1:59.94. Franziska Jansen picked up third in 2:00.11.
In prelims, Paul Biedermann led qualifying in the men's 200 free in 1:48.24, while Marcel Selinger topped the men's 200 fly in 2:01.37. Franziska Hentke paced the women's 200 fly in 2:10.36, while Lucien Hassdenteufel earned the top seed in the men's 200 back in 2:01.87. Jenny Mensing cruised to the center lane in the women's 200 back in 2:12.87, while Koch qualified first in the men's 200 breast in 2:13.08. Ruhnau claimed the fastest time in the women's 200 breast in 2:31.84.
In relays, Stefano Razeto, Meeuw, Kai Heftrich and Marco Di Carli won the men's 400 free relay in 3:18.54. Kerstin Lange, Nina Schiffer, Hannah Freiwald and Sonja Schober captured the women's 400 free relay title in 3:47.53.