LumaLanes Performance of the Week: Klenz Breaks Legendary 32-Year Old German Record

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

This week’s Performance Of The Week, sponsored by LumaLanes, goes to Ramon Klenz for his performance in the men’s 200 butterfly at the 2018 German National Championships.

Swimming in the opening event of the meet, Klenz won the 200 fly in a huge best time of 1:55.76, an almost two second drop from his previous best of 1:57.50. That broke a 32-year old national record that was set way back in 1986 by the legendary Michael Gross, who won the Olympic Gold in 1988. The previous record had stood at 1:56.24, making Klenz the first German swimmer to swim the event under 1:56.

That time puts 19-year-old Klenz just outside of the top ten in the world (he is now sitting 11th), but will be entering next month’s European Championships as the number three seed behind Hungarians Kristof Milak and Tamas Kenderesi. While he is still a few seconds off from challenging them, the young German should be in the race in two weeks in Glasgow and will have a another chance to take that record even lower.

Congratulations Ramon Klenz on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!

Special Thanks to LumaLanes for sponsoring Swimming World’s Performance of the Week.

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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