D.oppel world champion Florian Wellbrock won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games. The gold favorite had to admit defeat over 1500 meters freestyle this Saturday in Tokyo, 800 meters Olympic champion Robert Finke from the USA and vice world champion Michailo Romantschuk from Ukraine.
After the European championship title in 2018 and the success at the World Swimming Championships two years ago, the 23-year-old Magdeburg was denied the Olympic crown with gold, but Wellbrock was still satisfied.
A pair with a bronze medal each
“It was not without reason that it took so long for German swimmers to win Olympic medals. Now we have two, ”Wellbrock said on ZDF about the two bronze medals from him and his fiancé Sarah Köhler, who cheered in the stands.
Wellbrock struck after 14: 40.91 and remained around four seconds above his world best time for the year. Winner Finke swam 14: 39.65 and coped best with the time of the final in Japan in the morning.
Rare medal success
Before Wellbrock, back swimmer Stev Theloke was the last German man to celebrate an Olympic medal in a single discipline in the pool with bronze over 100 meters in 2000. The German Swimming Association has been waiting for a gold medal for men since Michael Groß 33 years ago. At that time, Uwe Daßler also won gold for the GDR.
Wellbrock took fourth place in the 800 meter freestyle despite a good time. On his parade route he struck back in third place.
He had succeeded even better at the 2019 World Cup when he was eliminated over 800 meters in the preliminary run. At the World Cup, Wellbrock was the first to triumph in the pool and over ten kilometers in the open water.
Another chance for Wellbrock
In Tokyo, he can still fetch gold over ten kilometers in the sea in the next week. “A celebration is not possible. I now have to regenerate for the ten kilometers. It will be exhausting enough, ”said Wellbrock.
After a bronze medal from Köhler in the 1500 meter freestyle, her fiancé Wellbrock set a glamorous end to the pool swimming week over the same distance. Unlike in 2012 and 2016, the German Swimming Association was able to rejoice over Olympic honors, but there were also many disappointments in the Tokyo Aquatics Center. But that was initially not an issue in the bronze cheers for Wellbrock.
Before Wellbrock & Co. appeared over the longest distance, the top sprinter was chosen. In the men’s category, the now six-time Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel from the USA won the 50 meter freestyle in an Olympic record time of 21.07 seconds. In the women’s category, 100-meter Olympic champion Emma McKeon from Australia also won over the same distance with an Olympic best time of 23.81 seconds.