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Medal rain for German World Cup starters

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Florian Wellbrock

At the FINA Swimming World Cup in Berlin, the local starters made for a really good mood on the second day. There was not only the well-anticipated victory of marathon man Florian Wellbrock swimming the 1500m freestyle, but a real flood of medals for the athletes from the German Swimming Federation e.V. (DSV).

But let’s start at the beginning: The first gripping final of the evening were the women’s 400m IM, with a Hungarian double victory. Katinka Hosszu proved once again that this is her showpiece. She dominated the field from the start and won in a time of 4:38.15 minutes. Second place went to her compatriot Zsuzsanna Jakabos (4: 44.06) ahead of Italian Ilaria Cusinato (4: 46.11).

Double World Champion Florian Wellbrock then offered a triumphant appearance – despite an infection. The swimmer from Magdeburg had already omitted the 200m butterfly in the forerunner in the morning, in order to focus fully on the 1500m freestyle competition. This paid off, confidently he won in a time of 15:10,82 minutes. Albert Escrits (ESP), who finished in 15:12.15, grabbed silver and was followed closely by David Aubry (FRA / 15:13.14). “The time was not so important to me today, only the victory,” said Wellbrock, before he went home in the evening.

Jessica Vall Montereo (ESP) scored the surprise coup of the evening, securing the gold medal in the 100m breast final in a time of 1:07.76. After the race, the graceful Spaniard said that she only wanted to finish because her legs had already become so heavy. Second in this exciting race was Miho Teramura (JPN) in 1:07.78. The German newcomer Anna Elendt caused loud cheering from the spectator stands grabbing the bronze medal in 1:08,87.

In the 50m backstroke, Vladimir Morozov (RUS) and Michael Andrew (USA) once again delivered a thrilling duel, which, however, the Russian, as it seems to be the rule lately, could decide for him. He sprinted to the finish in 24.75 seconds. The American Andrew finished a second later in 24.97. The trio on the podium completes Grigory Tarasevich (RUS), who swam a time of 25.14.

Kira Toussanit (NED) swam a powerful 100m backstroke race, finishing first in 59.46 seconds. Second place went to Canadians Taylor Ruck (CAN) in 59.84. A second time that evening, the Hungarian Katina Hosszu jumped in the water and rewarded herself with the third place in 1:00,65. On Sunday she would now have to win twice to increase the winning streak in the World Cup to 300.

You do not want to place bets on the 50m butterfly races, which was filled with high-profile ladies. The lucky winner was Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), she grabbed gold in 25.67 seconds. Second-placed Cate Campbell from Australia followed after 26.12 seconds. There were three third places after 26.14. In addition to Emilie Beckmann (DEN) and Michelle Colemann (SWE), Magdeburg’s Aliena Schmidtke (GER) secured the bronze medal. “So far, I’ve always been good at being fourth. This result gives me hope and courage, “said Schmidtke to her first World Cup medal ever.

The last single race of the evening was the men’s 200m butterfly. Kristof Milak (HUN) was favored right from the start, but runner-up to the victorious World Champion (1:55.47), was Ramon Klenz from Berlin who finished second in 1:57.34 followed by Italian Federico Burdisso (1:57,78). “That went perfectly, and I was able to do the job properly on the last track,” commented sports soldier Klenz.

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