Once again during the final session of the Berlin World Cup leg, the international and national top athletes showed how fast the Berlin swimming pool on Landsberger Allee is.
The men started with 400m IM. Japanese Yuki Ikari prevailed on the chest stretch against his competitors and secured the gold medal in 4:13.87 minutes and thus secured his first victory in Berlin. Behind him, David Verraszto (HUN) touched the mat after 4:16.04. Third on the podium was Jeremy Desplanches (SUI) with a time of 4:16.93. Ramon Klenz secured seventh place in his last World Cup race.
A strong performance was delivered by Maddy Gough from Australia in the women’s 800m freestyle competition. Early on, she was able to break away from the rest of the field and won in 8:34.98 ahead of Jimena Perez Blanco (ESP) and Diana Duraes (POR).
For the surprise of the evening, the young Angelina Köhler (Hannover 96) made over 100m butterfly. In 58.83 seconds, she won the gold medal and left the strong competition behind. “I had very good timing. My second lane is much, much stronger than my first and that’s why I did not let myself be confused by the others who came in faster. I knew, I had to swim the second lane fast, that’s my strength and that’s how I did it, “she says confidently after the race.
But with her victory she was not the only German athlete on the podium. In 59.12 Aliena Schmidtke (SC Magdeburg) landed the bronze medal. Only Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN) took the second place between them. “It definitely gives you confidence again, that’s very important, especially in the middle of an Olympic season and of course it’s fun.”, Angelina says after her race.
The finals continued with the male sprint stars in 50m butterfly. The much-eyed Michael Andrew (USA), who is famous for his unusual and high-intensity sprint training, prevailed and delivered a strong race in 23.22.
In the subsequent women’s 200m back race Kira Toussaint (NED) had to be satisfied with the bronze medal over a back distance for the first time at this World Cup. Gold was taken by the Canadian Taylor Ruck in strong 2:08,21. Nadine Laemmler (Neckarsulmer Sport-Union) also performed well and finished fifth in 2:12.92.
No one was able to take the victory from Backstroke specialist Ryosuke Irie (JPN) in the men’s100m backstroke competition in 53,26.
The next highlight from a German point of view was around the corner. The young talent Anna Elendt (DSW 1921 Darmstadt) won her first gold medal at a World Cup ever with spectators rooting for her from the stand. She was very pleased with her time of 31.27: “It’s just great, I never expected that I would win now. Especially after my training camp, I did not think that I’m this fast already, almost as fast as at the German Nationals. It just went really well, “says the completely overwhelmed athlete after her victory.
The favorited breaststroke athlete and Dutchman Arno Kamminga struck once again. In quick 2:09.03 he left behind the Japanese Ippei Watanabe (2: 09.86) and the Chinese Ruixuan Zhang (2:09.89) and completed the breaststroke-triple in Berlin.
Cate Campbell (Australia) dominated the women’s 100m freestyle race from the start. Already after 50 meters she had reached a clear lead, which she was able to secure to the finish in a very strong 52.51. It was half a second faster than her victory in Budapest.
Lithuanian Danas Rapsys took the second gold medal in the 200m freestyle competition this weekend, once again proving his strength over the freestyle routes. With 1:45.87 set a clear statement in the direction of Tokyo 2020. Lukas Märtens (SC Magdeburg) also delivered a great race and took in sixth place in 1:49.51.
The last individual race of this year’s World Cup in Berlin was dominated by the Iron Lady from Hungary. Katinka Hosszu took gold for the fourth time in Berlin and extended her lead in the overall World Cup Statistic. In the final meters, she secured the victory in 2:10,38 and remains unbeaten on this track.
As the last stop in the European cluster, the cluster winners were also announced in Berlin and rewarded with a 50,000 USD premium. Surprisingly, Cate Campbell (AUS) took first place in the women’s ranking, ahead of Katinka Hosszu. In the men’s Arno Kamminga (NED) made the race and also secured the coveted premium.
For the athletes, the next stop will be in Kazan (RUS) on the 1st of November, before the FINA Swimming World Cup of 2019 ends the following weekend in Doha (QAT).