Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Germany Competes to Send Lane Fillers To Shanghai
German Nationals is underway, and they are selecting their team for the World Championships in Shanghai later this month. Above is pictured Helge Meeuw, who entered the 2008 Beijing Olympics as one of the top seeds. He showed up with a big beard and failed to make the semi-final. That pretty much sums up the bulk of German results over the last twenty years.
The Swimmers Circle has a full rundown of results. They note that Germany has time standards for Worlds (its not enough to win your event) that exceed the German National record in some cases. As well they should! There wasn't a single swim on the first day of the meet that suggested anyone of the swimmers was a medal contender in Shanghai later this summer. The highlight was Britta Steffen's 24.9 50 free in a semi-finals. Granted, she might go faster in finals but she'd be the 5th ranked sprinter in the Netherlands.
Posted by The Screaming Viking! at 4:51 AM