Christian Reichert (born 7 February 1985) is a 31-year-old German police officer and professional open water swimmer. He is married to Nadine Reichert who also finished second in the 2011 FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup series.
Open Water Swimming Highlights
- He won the 2008 LEN Open Water Cup series.
- He won the 2009 LEN Open Water Cup series.
- He won the 2012 LEN Open Water Cup series.
- He specializes in the 5 km and 10 km events while competing on the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup professional circuit. *He won the overall title at the 2015 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup.
- He won the gold medal in the 5 km team pursuit race at the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia.
- He finished 7th overall in the 2017 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup professional marathon swimming circuit.
- He finished 2nd in the Olympic 10 km Marathon Swimming Qualification Race to qualify for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
- He was a long-time member of the German national open water swimming team.
- He finished second in the 2011 FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup series.
- He is also the record holder of the 5km Descenso a Nado de la Ría de Navia, as is Nadine Reichert.
- He won the 2013 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Eilat, Israel.
- He finished second in the 10 km Traversée internationale du lac Mégantic on 10 August 2013.
- He won the professional New World Harbour Race in Hong Kong on 6 October 2013 and came in second in the 2015 race.
- He won the gold medal at the 2013 FINA World Championships in the 5 km team pursuit relay, together with Thomas Lurz and Isabelle Franziska Härle.
- He finished fourth overall in the 2013 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup professional circuit.
- He twice won the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Hong Kong on 18 October 2014 and on 17 October 2015.
- He won the gold medal at the 2015 FINA World Championships in the 5 km team pursuit relay, together with Rob Muffels and Isabelle Härle.
- He won the overall title at the 2015 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup when he won the last race in Hong Kong on the last stroke over Allan do Carmo of Brazil.
- In July 2017, he finished sixth in the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup in Lac St-Jean, Canada.
- In July 2018, he won the Traversée du lac Mégantic in Canada in 1:56:52.50.
- He competed on the 2019 FINA / CNSG Marathon Swim World Series in Seychelles on 12 May 2019.
2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominee
1. Andreas Fath (Germany) Swim for Science
2. Andrea Fazio (Italy) Like Father, Like Son
3. Christian Reichert (Germany) FINA World Cup Champion
4. Dan Projansky (U.S.A.) Butterflying Marathoner
5. Jim Clifford (U.S.A.) Oldest Triple Crowner
6. Fast and Frozen by Henri Kaarma (Estonia), Ryan Stramrood (South Africa), Anna Carin-Nordin (Sweden), Patrick Corcoran (Ireland), Zdeněk Thalmika (Czech Republic), Elina Makïnen (Finland) Two-way North Channel Relay
7. Ganga Avahan by by Paramvir Singh, Gullupilli Narahari, Saripilli Srihari (India) Stage Swimmers
8. Jordan Wilimovsky (U.S.A.) Olympian & World Champion
9. Kelly Gneiting (U.S.A.) Sumo Swimmer
10. Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand) Farallon Freestyler
11. Matthew Moseley (U.S.A.) Trifecta Lake-Ocean-River Swimmer
12. Mike Arbuthnot (South Africa) Midmar Mile Founder
13. Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia) Camel Swim
14. Night Train Swimmers by Grace van der Byl, Dave Holscher, Kimberley Chambers, Adam Eilath, Ashley Horne, Vito Bialla (U.S.A./New Zealand) NT300 Relay
15. Oceans Seven Relay by Rick Gaenzle, Chris Kraus, Brian Ross (U.S.A.) Triumphant Trio
16. Susan Simmons (Canada) Swimming with Multiple Sclerosis
17. Swim The Eden Expedition by Calum Hudson, Jack Hudson, Robbie Hudson (Great Britain) Brotherly Wild Swim
18. Team Nadadores Locos by Amy Appelhans Gubser, Kirk McKinney, Les Mangold, John Sims, Jeff Everett, Andrew McLaughlin (U.S.A.) Two-way Farallon Islands Relay
19. The Old Men And The Sea Relay by Don Baker, Dr. Bill Spore, Dave Radcliffe, Graham Johnston, Bob Best, Bob Beach, Norm Stupfel (U.S.A.) Catalina Cruisers
20. The Deep Enders by Jim McConica, Tom Ball, John Chung, Zach Jirkovsky, Tamie Stewart, Stacey Warmuth (U.S.A.) San Nicholas Channelers
21. Theodore Yach (South Africa) Robben Island Swimmer
22. Trent Theroux (U.S.A.) Comeback Circumnavigation
23. Wendy Trehiou (Jersey) Saint Malo to Jersey
2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results
1. Ferry Weertman, NED 1:52:59.8
2. Spyridon Gianniotis, GRE 1:52:59.8
3. Marc-Antoine Daniel Frede Olivier, FRA 1:53:02.0
4. Lijun Zu, CHN 1:53:02.0
5. Jordan Wilimovsky, USA 1:53:03.2
6. Simone Ruffini, ITA 1:53:03.5
7. Federico Vanelli, ITA 1:53:03.9
8. Yasunari Hirai, JPN 1:53:04.6
9. Christian Reichert, GER 1:53:04.7
10. Chad Ho, RSA 1:53:04.8
11. Evgenii Drattcev, RUS 1:53:04.8
12. Ous Mellouli, TUN 1:53:06.1
13. Mark Papp, HUN 1:53:11.7
14. Ventsislav Aydaski, BUL 1:53:16.1
15. Ivan Enderica Ochoa, ECU 1:53:16.2
16. Richard Weinberger, CAN 1:53:16.4
17. Allan Do Carmo, BRA 1:53:16.4
18. Kane Rae Francis Radford, NZL 1:53:18.7
19. Richard Nagy, SVK 1:53:35.4
20. Jarrod Poort, AUS 1:53:40.7
21. Erwin Maldonado, VEN 1:54:33.6
22. Marwan Ahmed Aly Morsy Elamrawy, EGY 1:59:17.2
DSQ Sean Ryan, USA
DSQ Vitaliy Khudyakov, KAZ (Asia)
DSQ Jack Burnell, GBR
2015 WOWSA Award Nomination
Reichert's 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nomination reads as follows:
Christian Reichert (Germany) FINA World Cup Champion
Christian Reichert won the most exciting FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup series in history. His battle with Allan Do Carmo started out in his favor, but he had to hold off the 2-time Brazilian Olympian with 2 top finishes in Canada and China and culminated his season with a victory in Hong Kong 10 km marathon swim on the last stroke. For the first time in his career, he stood on top of the series podium, a credit to his willingness to fly everywhere and anywhere to compete. It was a fitting cumulation to a long season in which he placed 7th in Viedma (Argentina), 3rd in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirate), 10th in Cozumel (Mexico), 5th in Balatonfured (Hungary), 2nd in Setúbal Bay (Portugal), 4th in Lac-Mégantic (Canada), and 1st in Hong Kong in addition to competing in Kazan (Russia) at the FINA World Championships where he won gold in the 5 km team pursuit race. For his first career World Cup series title, for his consistent high-level performance around the world, and for his dramatic last-stroke, last-second victory on the final race of the FINA World Cup, Christian Reichert's World Cup series victory is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
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