Swimmer sinks own German record

Swimmer Jenny Mensing broke her own 200m national backstroke record on Saturday at the German trials - which double as the Olympic trials – but has not yet secured her place in the squad for the London Games.

Swimmer sinks own German record
Photo: DPA

The 26-year-old from Wiesbaden swam 200m in just 2 minutes, 8.58 seconds on Saturday, smashing her own German record set in 2009 by 22 hundredths of a second.

“I wasn’t expecting it. I wanted to start off easy and then ramp it up,” the swimmer told Focus magazine on Saturday.

Benjamin Starke from Berlin – who won the 4x100m medley relay bronze with the German team at last year’s world championships – produced the third-fastest time in the world this year in the 100m butterfly with a time of 51.95 seconds.

Although both swimmers’ times came under the Olympic qualifying standard in this morning’s heats, only a top-two finish in the final will confirm their places at the London games in July.

Meanwhile, world record holder Paul Biedermann drifted easily into the final in the 400m freestyle.

“I was much more relaxed than yesterday and felt much better,” the 25-year old from Halle told the paper.


Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.


Bavarian teen hailed hero after saving youngster from drowning in pool

A 13-year-old boy in Bavaria is being praised for his swift action in saving a youngster from drowning at an outdoor pool.

Bavarian teen hailed hero after saving youngster from drowning in pool
Justin Fischer at the pool where he saved the four-year-old boy. Photo: DPA

Justin Fischer, from Windischeschenbach, east of Nuremberg in Bavaria, noticed the boy at the bottom of the non-swimmers pool at a Freibad (open-air pool) last month.

As the youngster didn't appear to be moving, Fischer quickly jumped into the pool and pulled him out of the water.

“His lips were blue, he was no longer breathing,” Fischer said. He called for help and a pool attendant took over the cardiac massage at the edge of the pool.

Shortly afterwards, the four-year-old began to breathe again.

READ ALSO: Freibad Fracas – rows escalate at Germany's open air swimming pools

It was a natural reaction to jump in and help the boy, said the student. News of the rescue spread around the region and, in the last days, police and pool attendants have been praising the student for his efforts.

Michael Mutzbauer and Alexander Horn, from the Oberpfalz (Upper Palatinate) police unit, had been called out to the outdoor swimming pool when the incident happened on June 4th.

The mother of the four-year-old had been looking for her son, who had been at the sand playground shortly before he got into difficulty in the water, Mutzbauer said. When the mum came to the edge of the pool, the little boy had started to breathe again. The boy was then taken to a clinic in Weiden for further treatment.

There, the officers visited him and promised they would drive by his home in the patrol car when he was better. They recently fulfilled this promise, as can be seen on Twitter in a post by the Oberpfalz police.

Police called Fischer and another 11-year-old boy called Luca who also helped with the rescue mission “civilian heroes”.

The youngster, said to be called Jakob, is recovering well, Mutzbauer said.


To save – retten

Drowning – (das) Ertrinken

Non-swimmers pool – (das) Nichtschwimmerbecken

Cardiac/heart massage – (die) Herzdruckmassage

We're aiming to help our readers improve their German by translating vocabulary from some of our news stories. Did you find this article useful? Do you have any suggestions? Let us know.