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.
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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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