Christian Diener & Timo Sorgius Among The Winners As Berlin Swim Open Concludes

DIENER Christian LON London Roar (LON) ISL International Swimming League 2021 Match 8 day 1 Piscina Felice Scandone Napoli, Naples Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
Christian Diener: Photo Courtesy: Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Christian Diener & Timo Sorgius Among The Winners As Berlin Swim Open Concludes

The Berlin Swim Open came to a close on Sunday with victories for Timo Sorgius and Christian Diener.

Josha Salchow had a record-breaking start to the three-day meet on Friday when he joined the 47 club in the 100 free in 47.85.

That elevated him into the world top 10 in 2024 as well as the German record books.

Salchow clearly benefited from a training spell in Australia alongside Rio 2016 champion Kyle Chalmers and Matt Temple, winner of two relay medals at the Tokyo Olympics.

He was the sole swimmer inside 1:48 in the 200 prelims and was 0.32 ahead of Sargius at the final turn with the pair tussling throughout.

Sorgius though made up the deficit with a 26.93 final 50 to overhaul his rival in 1:47.55 to 1:47.73.

Diener’s senior medal collection dates back to the 2011 European Short-Course Championships with silvers in the 200 back at the 2014 Europeans in Berlin and 50 back at the 2021 short-course worlds the high points of a long career.

The 30-year-old was up against a field of swimmers born between 2003 and 2007 but he led throughout to win in 2:00.34, Mateja Vasic the closest in 2:03.21.

Louis Schubert was the only man inside 54secs in the 100 fly, winning in 53.90 with Yara Fay Riefstahl taking the women’s title in 1:01.07.

Linda Roth led home three women separated by 0.95 in the 200IM, ahead throughout before the deficit was reduced stroke by stroke late on.

Roth took the win in 2:17.04 ahead of Kay-Lynn Löhr (2:17.07) and Laura Sophie Kohlmann (2:17.99).

Volodymyr Lisovets was the only man to go inside 28secs in the men’s 50 breaststroke in 27.66 with Lynn Hajj of Lebanon adding the 50 to her 100 title in 32.33.

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