Angelina Köhler and Lukas Märtens have a strong start to the World Cup in Doha. Märtens is relieved. Unexpected problems set him back during preparation.
Angelina Köhler set a German record right at the start of the pool competitions at the World Swimming Championships in Qatar. The 23-year-old clocked 56.41 seconds in the 100 meter butterfly heat, making her 37 hundredths of a second faster than her own record last year in Berlin. As the fastest in the heats, she reached the semi-finals in the evening.
“That was crazy,” said Köhler in Doha. “I knew it could happen quickly. But so quickly, it’s crazy.” The Berliner now wants to qualify for the final on Monday and then secure her starting place for the Olympic Games in Paris. “The goal is to get first to fourth place to get the ticket,” she said.
Even without a record, Lukas Märtens was very happy with his start to the World Cup. The 22-year-old swam the 400 meter freestyle in 3:44.77 minutes as the second fastest in the heats into the final in the evening. Märtens had recently struggled with health problems. “Starting an Olympic year with a forced break of three months is of course not what you want,” he said. “That’s why I’m even happier that things are going well now after the training I’ve been able to do.”
Like Märtens, Isabel Gose also has a chance of winning a medal in the evening session (5 p.m./CET). The 21-year-old also confidently reached the final in 4:05.48 minutes as third in the heats. Lucas Matzerath in fifth and Melvin Imoudu in eighth swam the 100 meter breaststroke in British Olympic champion Adam Peaty’s comeback to the semi-finals. However, Sven Schwarz was eliminated from the 400 meter freestyle.
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