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Der Mensch Als Fisch

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Der Mensch als Fisch: Die Abenteuer von Otto Kemmerich, friesischer Schwimmpionier is a biography of International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Otto Kemmerich written by Erik Eggers, a German sports historian and author. Der Mensch als Fisc was published in September 2020.

WOWSA Awards

Der Mensch Als Fisch - Die Abenteuer von Otto Kemmerich friesischer Schwimmpionier by Erik Eggers was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year category with the following nomination: Der Mensch Als Fisch - Die Abenteuer von Otto Kemmerich friesischer Schwimmpionier​ is a biography of Otto Kemmerich (1866-1952), an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame who arguably took on the greatest cumulative risk of any open water swimmer in history. Kemmerich did many of his marathon swims unescorted - up to 46 hours alone without escort boats or support crews. German sports historian Erik Eggers covers three decades of his prolific career between the early 1920's and the mid-1960's until Kemmerich finally pushed the envelope too far and died during a 200 km stage swim from Denmark to Germany at the age of 66. For recalling the character, dreams, and vision of Kemmerich for contemporary audiences, for giving tribute to a truly colorful open water explorer and adventurer who weighed the risks of his challenges with detailed planning, and for telling about his experimentation with waterproof watches and implementation of other safety measures, Der Mensch Als Fisch - Die Abenteuer von Otto Kemmerich friesischer Schwimmpionier by Erik Eggers is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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