Isabel Gose Rattles 1500 Free Rankings In Berlin; Oliver Klemet Claims Second 800 Ticket Ahead Of Florian Wellbrock

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Isabel Gose: Photo Courtesy: Istvan Derencsenyi/European Aquatics

Isabel Gose Rattles 1500 Free Rankings In Berlin; No 800 In Paris For Florian Wellbrock

Isabel Gose rattled the 1500 free world rankings after posting a PB of 15:52.02 on the second day of the German Championships in Berlin.

The 2024 world bronze medallist had come within 0.09 of her national record in the 400 on the opening day and she returned to the pool on Friday to go third in the rankings behind Katie Ledecky (15:38.81) and Simona Quadarella (15:46.99).

It sliced 2.56secs off her previous best of 15:54.58 en-route to sixth at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka and a season’s best, 5.53secs quicker than her time at the Doha worlds.


Isabel Gose: Photo Courtesy: Giorgio Scala / deepbluemedia

She now stands third in the German all-time standing behind Sarah Kohler’s two best efforts topped by her national record of 15:42.91.

Gose – who has been selected in the 400/800/1500 for Paris 2024 – was followed home by Moesha Johnson whose time of 16:05.51 was inside the cut of 16:09.09 ahead of Leonie Märtens – younger sister of Lukas who yesterday rattled the 400 free world record – in 16:12.48.

However, Märtens had previously gone 16:02.99 – well inside the QT – and confirmed her second swim at the Olympic Games after making it through in the 400.

The Berlin meet is the last chance for swimmers to book their place on the team for Paris 2024 with qualification for the European Championships in Belgrade in June and the European juniors in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July also up for grabs.

Florian Wellbrock won the 800 free but his time fell shy of what was needed to dislodge Oliver Klemet who’ll contest the event at Paris 2024.

Sven Schwarz had already booked a ticket to the Games over 16 lengths with Klemet posting the second-swiftest time of 7:46.03 coming into the meet in Berlin, ahead of Wellbrock’s 7:48.17.


Florian Wellbrock: Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

The 2022 world silver medallist – who was fourth in Tokyo – posted 7:50.82 to win the title ahead of Klemet (7:51.92) and Arne Schubert who clocked an age group record of 7:53.92.

Josha Salchow – who set a German record of 47.85 last week – confirmed his ticket to the Games after winning the 100 free in 48.33 ahead of Peter Varjasi (48.57) and Lukas Märtens (48.86).

While Salchow will contest the individual in Paris, there was a real tussle for a place on the relay with the average time of prelims and finals calculated.

Josha Salchow 48.04 (final 47.85/preliminaries 48.23)

Peter Varjasi 48.51 (48.57/ 48.45)

Rafael Miroslaw 48.70 (48.63/48.77)

Lukas Märtens 48.985 (48.86/49.11)

Luca Nik Armbruster 49.10 (49.05/49.15)

Ole Mats Eidam 49.105 (49.19/49.02)

Nina Holt won the women’s race in 54.46 ahead of Nele Schulze (54.60) and Julia Mrozinski (54.88).

Holt will now be recommended to the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) for a nomination and starts in both medley relays.

Melvin Imoudu won the 100m breaststroke in 59.15 having confirmed his place on the team for Paris ahead of Noel de Geus whose time of 59.98 was slower than the 59.30 posted by Lucas Matzerath this season who’ll take the second spot but was absent with health issues.

Lena Ludwig won the women’s race in 1:08.69. the 16-year-old victorious in the absence of German record-holder Anna Elendt who was preparing for upcoming university exams.


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