Swimming World Championship: Florian Wellbrock missed the final over 800 meters
Just a week ago, Florian Wellbrock was one of the shining winners of this swimming world championship in Gwangju, South Korea. The 21-year-old won over ten kilometers in open water swimming and crowned himself world champion. Wellbrock, who was originally a pool swimmer and decided late for the double career, then renounced the open water squadron - which also won gold - to prepare for the pelvic competitions. This is the medal hope, at least over 800 meters, failed properly.
Wellbrock finished in the heats over the 800 meters freestyle only 17th place and missed surprisingly clearly the final. He stayed in 7: 53.75 minutes more than ten seconds above his personal best, for the finals Wellbrock missing over five seconds. Fastest was the Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri.
Wellbrock got out of the water without a word and was late in releasing a written statement about the German Swimming Federation (DSV): "I did not get into the race at all and I can not explain it at the moment, actually I had felt very well . "
Although Wellbrock had warned in advance that he had to be careful in view of the power density over the 800 meters, "that you do not fly out in the lead", but really he had not expected it. "I know that I'm in good shape and that I do not have to hide under any circumstances," Wellbrock had said before the start. On Saturday, the European champion has a second chance over the 1500 meters to successfully complete his historic opportunity with medals in open water and on the track.