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Sarah KÖHLER
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Germany   
GenderWomen
Born20 Jun 1994 in Hanau, GER
Height1.78 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Florian Wellbrock
Residence
Magdeburg, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Law - Heidelberg University: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age 10 with the SC Undina Bruchkobel club in Germany.
Why this sport?
She went swimming with her parents every Sunday before joining a club.
Club / Team
SG Frankfurt: Germany
Name of coach
Bernd Berkhahn [club]
General Interest
Hero / Idol
German swimmers Theresa Michalak, Philip Heintz, Clemens Rapp, Kevin Wedel and Daniela Schreiber. (Facebook profile, 12 Jun 2013)
Injuries
During the 2015 season she had troubles with her kidneys and tonsils, affecting her preparation for the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (gutschrift-magazin.de, 01 Jun 2016)

She had surgery on her right knee in 2012. (gutschrift-magazin.de, 01 Jun 2016)

She needed surgery on her left knee in 2010 due a congenital problem with her kneecap. (gutschrift-magazin.de, 01 Jun 2016)
Famous relatives
Her partner Florian Wellbrock represented Germany in the 1500m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and won two gold medals at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Sep 2020; hessenschau.de, 16 Jan 2020)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (zdf.de, 19 Apr 2021)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an athlete representative with the German Swimming Federation [DSV]. (sarahkoehler.com, 25 Jul 2020; swimswam.com, 18 Sep 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 15:42.91
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:24.56
8 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:27.75
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 4:06.55
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 1500m Freestyle 15:48.83
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 800m Freestyle 8:16.43
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:23.67
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:09.21
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 400m Freestyle 4:16.13
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 1500m Freestyle 16:24.42
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 800m Freestyle 8:34.72
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:10.54
7 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:03.28
7 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
5 2014 Doha, QAT 800m Freestyle 8:17.08
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 4:03.59
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 800m Freestyle 8:25.91
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 4:07.68
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 1500m Freestyle 15:57.85
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:53.76
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:10.37
7 2014 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:30.94
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 1500m Freestyle 16:31.84
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 800m Freestyle 8:10.65
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 400m Freestyle 3:59.12
6 2013 Herning, DEN 800m Freestyle 8:18.97
10 2013 Herning, DEN 400m Freestyle 4:05.93
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Freestyle 2:01.04
4 2012 Chartres, FRA 800m Freestyle 8:19.98
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
21 2017   Overall  
2 2017 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:01.03
2 2017 Eindhoven, NED 800m Freestyle 8:12.45
7 2013 Beijing, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:33.14
5 2013 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:14.10
5 2013 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:03.14
5 2013 Doha, QAT 800m Freestyle 8:23.96
6 2013 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 4:08.36
5 2013 Dubai, UAE 400m Freestyle 4:06.43
3 2013 Dubai, UAE 800m Freestyle 8:18.90
3 2013 Moscow, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:25.53
4 2013 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:05.44
5 2013 Singapore, SGP 800m Freestyle 8:25.64
5 2013 Singapore, SGP 400m Freestyle 4:06.75
6 2013 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:30.13
4 2012 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:27.50
7 2012 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:09.14
3 2011 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:25.88
2 2010 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:33.64
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 53:58.7
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2018 Glasgow, SCO 25km  DNF
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 5km - Team Relay 52:35.6