TOAngelina Köhler is a world swimming champion in the 100 meter butterfly. The 23-year-old relegated American Claire Curzan to second place. Swede Louie Hansson took bronze. Köhler set a time of 56.28 seconds on Monday in Qatar.

“I still can't process what just happened. “I'm shaking,” said Köhler: “The victory meant a lot to me, because I've dreamed about it since I was a child.”

For the first time since 2009, when Britta Steffen won twice in Rome, a German pool swimmer won gold at the World Championships. With her fantastic race, Köhler won her third medal for the German Swimming Federation on the second day of competition in the Aspire Dome. On Sunday there was bronze for Isabel Gose and Lukas Märtens.

For Köhler, this title is by far the biggest success of his career to date. On the eve of her big triumph, the Berliner had already hinted at her exceptional state of form. In both the preliminary phase and the semi-finals she improved the German record and was faster than all of her competitors. “I love this pool here, I'm perfectly prepared,” she said afterward. “I'm not the weakest anymore, I can keep up and swim ahead of the others in the second lane.”

“I always listen to Taylor Swift”

He has a special ritual before races. “I always listen to Taylor Swift. “It means a lot to me,” she said of the pop star, who celebrated with her friend, football player Travis Kelce, their Super Bowl victory with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. “I always listen to the music and dance to it before my races because it gives me incredible strength.”

At the last World Championship held in Fukuoka, Japan, Köhler took fifth place. The four swimmers who were in front of her at that moment were not there this time. The highlight of the season is the Olympic Games.

To better prepare, some stars, not only in Köhler's path, are giving up participating in the World Cup, which for the first time will be held in the same year as the Summer Olympic Games. It is therefore difficult to assess what Köhler's success means in relation to the Rings spectacle in Paris. One thing is certain: the butterfly expert already has her ticket to the Olympic Games.