Britta Steffen brought the German Olympic trials to a close with a 24.19 national record in the 50m freestyle, that effort a chunk inside her best of 24.53 and a fingernail from the European record of 24.09 set by Marleen Veldhuis (NED) and not that far from the 23.97 world record of Libby Trickett (AUS) last month.
With an updated adidas suit help her gain that extra touch in time for Beijing now that we live in days of suit warfare? She must surely be wondering.
The distance events on the last day went to Jaana Ehmcke (Potsdamer SV) in 8:26.70 and on the Beijing roster, with Christian Kubusch missing his 15:02.16 target in the 1,500m with a winning time of 15:13.71. Thomas Rupprath (Rostock), clocked 52.05 in the 100m butterfly to lift his 72nd national title ahead of Benjamin Starke, also inside target time, on 52.23.
In the non-Olympic 50 breaststroke, Bath-based Janne Schafer clocked 31.25.
The German team is one full of holes, six events producing no qualifiers, and seven others producing one not two qualifiers. Compare events in Berlin with times in Australian and Britain and the influence of the suit is greater than many care to acknowledge. As Mark Schubert put it: 'It's a black and white choice.' Will the DSV heed the warning? Will adidas respond? So many questions left hanging because of the advent of the LZR, and so near to the Olympic Games.
THE GERMANY TEAM FOR BEIJING