As the defending champion, the Bremen native twice failed to intervene in the open water medal race. The best German swimmer of recent years is far from the desired Olympic form.

“Surprisingly slow,” said Wellbrock at one time, which was about 8.5 seconds slower than his personal best on the track. “I thought we were going a little faster.” Wellbrock, who didn’t know he was leaving at the time, added, “There might still be a little left in there.”

Black reached the final

Sven Schwartz fared much better than him. The second German starter qualified for Wednesday’s final in 7:46.95. The fastest race was the Italian Luca De Tullio – 7:46.52 minutes.

The morning session of the third day of competition in the pool at the Aspire Dome saw Melvin Imudu and Lucas Matzerath advance to the evening semi-finals in the 100m breaststroke. A day after Angelina Köhler won the world title in the 100m butterfly, Imoudou finished sixth in the heat with a time of 26.91 seconds. Matzerath finished 13th in 27.40 seconds, with Nick Fink of the United States swimming fastest in 26.66. The 30-year-old won the double distance gold medal on Monday.
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