At the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Angelina Kohler set a new German record in the 100m butterfly semifinal with a time of 56.11 seconds. On Monday, she won gold in the 100 fly final with a time of 56.28 seconds, making it the first gold medal for a German woman at the World Championships since 2009.
Kohler’s pace in the prelims was almost a second quicker than her times last summer. Although she was slightly 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.
In terms of the rest of the field, second place went to Curzan in 56.61 seconds and third place was awarded to Louise Hansson of Sweden in 56.94 seconds. Brianna Throssel of Australia finished just a fraction away from third place with a time of 56.97 seconds.