At the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Angelina Kohler set a new German record in the 100m butterfly semifinal, but she didn’t need to match that speed in order to win gold in the 100 fly final. On Monday, she won with a time of 56.28 seconds. It’s the first gold medal for a German woman at the World Championships since 2009.
Kohler’s pace in the prelims at 56.11 seconds was almost a second quicker than the times she set last summer. Even though she was a little slower on Monday, she still turned first ahead of Claire Curzan of the U.S. and was the fastest coming home. This is significant because there are many absences at the World Championships, making it an extra opportunity for medalists.
As for the rest of the field, second place went to Curzan in 56.61 and third place was awarded to Louise Hansson of Sweden in 56.94. Brianna Throssel of Australia finished in 56.97, just a fraction away from third place.