BERLIN, Germany, June 28. THE final day of swimming at the German Long Course Nationals featured a pair of continental standards set by Paul Biedermann and Marco Koch. Meanwhile, several other German marks fell by the wayside.
Biedermann continued his strong meet by lowering his European record in the men's 200 free. Biedermann touched in 1:44.71 to dip under his 1:44.88 set at the Monaco stop of the Mare Nostrum. Clemens Rapp (1:48.36) and Steffen Deibler (1:48.63) completed the podium.
Marco Koch joined the continental standard party, while crushing the German record in the men's 200 breast. Koch clocked a 2:08.33 to demolish the 2:11.97 national mark set by Andreas Losel in 2007. The clocking also beat the European standard of 2:08.68 set by Hungary's Daniel Gyurta at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Johannes Neumann also cleared the former national mark with a second-place 2:09.87, while Christian von Lehm touched third in 2:13.65.
Helge Meeuw shaved some time off his national record in the men's 100 back with a winning time of 53.08. That performance clipped his 53.10 set in April 2008. Dominik Keil finished second in 54.27, while Marco Di Carli took third in 55.14.
Benjamin Starke cut a half-second off the German mark in the men's 100 fly with a top time of 51.47. The readout cleared Thomas Rupprath's 51.88 set back in 2002. Meeuw took another medal with a second-place time of 52.26. Toni Embacher pocketed third in 52.79.
Annika Mehlhorn grabbed the national standard in the women's 100 fly with a time of 58.45. The swim erased the 58.63 set by Daniela Samulski in April 2008. Lena Kalla earned second in 58.98, while Franziska Hentke placed third in 59.61.
In other finals action, Samulski won the women's 100 back in 1:00.46 with Jenny Mensing (1:02.54) and Christin Zenner (1:02.84) taking second and third. Britta Steffen completed her world-record breaking meet with a victorious 24.45 in the women's 50 free. Dorothea Brandt (25.05) and Daniela Schreiber (25.34) rounded out the top three.
Meanwhile, Caroline Ruhnau took the women's 200 breast in 2:26.14, while Karoline Degenhardt (2:28.88) and Lina Rathsack (2:32.58) finished second and third. Jan Wolfgarten took home the men's 800 free with a time of 7:49.37, while Christian Kubusch (7:55.05) and Andre Biere (8:06.93) snared second and third.