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Ferry Weertman

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2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim gold medalist and world champion and 2018 FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series champion Ferry Weertman was named FINA Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year
2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim gold medalist Ferry Weertman and FINA 5 km world champion Ashley Twichell won the 2018 RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco Bay, California
Ferry Weertman at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Lake Balaton, Hungary after winning the 10 km marathon swim. Photo by Deep Blue Media.
Ferry Weertman is a nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, part of the WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Ferry Weertman was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
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Ferry Weertman, nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, winning the 15 km FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix marathon swim against Simone Ercoli of Italy in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Ferry Weertman, Sharon van Rouwendaal and Marcel Schouten on the podium after winning the 2014 European Championships 5 km team pursuit race in Berlin, Germany

Ferry Weertman (born 27 June 1992) is a 27-year-old professional marathon swimmer from the Netherlands. He is the 2016 Olympic champion at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the 10 km marathon swim.

Open Water Swimming Career

2020 Tokyo Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results

Gold: Florian Wellbrock (Germany, 23) 1:48:33.70
Silver: Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary, 24) 1:48:59.00
Bronze: Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy, 26) 1:49:01.10
4. Matan Roditi (Israel, 22) 1:49:24.90
5. Athanasios Kynigakis (Greece, 22) 1:49:29.20
6. Marc-Antoine Olivier (France, 25) 1:50:23.00
7. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands, 29) 1:51:30.80
8. Michael McGlynn (South Africa, 21) 1:51:32.70
9. Hau-Li Fan (Canada, 23) 1:51:37.00
10. Jordan Wilimovsky (USA, 27) 1:51:40.20
11. Rob Muffels (Germany, 26) 1:53:03.30
12. Kai Graeme Edwards (Australia, 22) 1:53:04.00
13. Taishin Minamide (Japan, 25) 1:53:07.50
14. Mario Sanzullo (Italy, 28) 1:53:08.60
15. David Farinango (Ecuador, 20) 1:53:09.80
16. Phillip Seidler (Namibia, 23) 1:53:14.10
17. Daniel Delgadillo (Mexico, 31) 1:53:14.40
18. Alberto Martinez (Spain, 23) 1:53:16.50
19. Kirill Abrosimov (Russian Olympic Committee, 29) 1:54:29.30
20. Ous Mellouli (Tunisia, 37) 1:56:33.30
21. Vitaliy Khudyakov (Kazakhstan, 26) 1:57:53.70
22. William Yan Thorley (Hong Kong, 18) 1:58:33.40
23. Tiago Campos (Portugal, 22) 1:59:42.00
24. Matej Kozubek (Czech Republic, 25) 2:01:52.10
DNF Hector Thomas Cheal Pardoe (Great Britain, 20)
DNF David Aubry (France, 24)

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

Honors

2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

I Swim And Travel Around The World by Yasu Fukuoka of Japan was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year category with the following nomination: Yasu Fukuoka is a 2-time Olympic marathon swimmer who entered the finish chute at the 2016 Rio Olympics in position to capture Japan's first Olympic medal in open water swimming. Yasu, as he is known among his competitors, in the Japanese media, and among race directors around the world is a personable, passionate athlete who has literally traveled around the world to over 50 countries either racing or training in pursuit of an Olympic medal. In cooperation with his Dutch Olympic friends including gold medalist Ferry Weertman, world record holder Esmee Vermeulen, Paralympic gold medalist Lisa Kruger, Olympic physiotherapist Jan Herber, and Olympic coach Patrick Pearson, Yasu created a lifestyle brand of clothing that speaks swimming. For establishing the first authentic clothing brand for swimmers, for designing fashionable jackets, jeans, sweatshirts, shirts, baseball and knit caps, t-shirts, cases and towels specifically for swimmers, and for identifying and defining a persona and ambiance for those who love training and competing in the water, I Swim And Travel Around The World by Yasu Fukuoka is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Ferry Weertman defended his 2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swimming gold medal with a dramatic, close victory at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary. His success continued in 2018 and is powered by an intensity and laid-back passion that is unmistakable in the 26-year-old Dutchman. He has both speed and stamina in abundance based on a massive amount of fast training mileage in the pool and open water. He not only has the drive to realize his athletic dreams, but he also has the personality to represent the sport in a responsible manner befitting modern-day heroes. With a giant target on his back, Weertman won a wide variety of races from the RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco to the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Qatar. He was in the lead pack in races in Seychelles, Portugal, Hungary, and China and is ranked first in the 2018 FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series. For his competitive spirit and composure under pressure in the highest levels of competition, for winning the 10 km marathon swim and the 5 km mixed team relay at the LEN European Championships in Scotland's Loch Lomond, for his genuinely engaging personality in casually addressing questions from the media and fans, Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Ferry Weertman defended his 2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swimming gold medal with a dramatic, close victory at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary. These back-to-back performances demonstrated the intensity and passion that the 25-year-old Dutchman has for swimming. He has both speed and stamina in abundance based on a massive amount of training mileage in the pool and open water. He not only has the drive to realize his athletic dreams, but he also has the personality to represent the sport in a responsible manner befitting modern-day heroes. With a giant target on his back, Weertman won the 10 km world championship by 0.1 seconds with another ferocious sprint to the finish. For his competitive spirit and composure under pressure in the highest levels of competition, for continuing to win despite swimming with a giant target on his back, for his genuinely engaging personality in casually addressing questions from the media and fans, Ferry Weertman is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees

1. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia)
2. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico)
3. John Batchelder (USA)
4. Guillermo Bertola (Argentina)
5. Avram Iancu (Romania)
6. Stéphane Lecat (France)
7. Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer (USA)
8. Lynton Mortensen (Australia)
9. Simone Ruffini (Italy)
10. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria)
11. Sayed Ihsan Taheri (Afghanistan)
12. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
13. Philip Yorke (Great Britain)

2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Ferry Weertman has put in the miles in the pool, in the open water, and in airplanes as he devoted his life to becoming an Olympic champion. He realized his dream come true with his dramatic victory at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games 10 km marathon swim. He won gold under the most stressful of circumstances. But the 24-year-old Dutchman stuck with his original plan and reeled in the initial Australian leader who was over 100 meters ahead of him during the second half of the race. In a final sprint for the ages, Weertman out-sprinted, outstretched and out-touched Greece's Spyridon Gianniotis to win. He did not even realize he won until he received a text on the beach from his friends halfway around the world. For his competitive spirit and composure under pressure in winning the Olympic gold in Rio, for his genuinely warm personality in answering questions from fans and the media around the world, for committing himself 100% to realize his dreams and believing in his preparation, Ferry Weertman is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Ferry Weertman is part of the continuation of world-class open water swimming from the Netherlands. He is a force to reckon with at every elite competition he participates in whether it is a lake, sea or ocean. He swims well in turbulent conditions, tranquil waters, cold conditions and warm-water venues. He is savvy and tactical in the rough-and-tumble world of rounding turn buoys, while pack swimming along long straightaways, and in the latter stages of FINA World Cup and FINA Grand Prix events. He won the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix in Mexico in challenging conditions and two gold medals in the 5 km solo race and the 5 km team pursuit event, leading Sharon van Rouwendaal and Marcel Schouten, at the 2014 LEN European Championships in Germany. For his innate DNA that suits him well in all open water conditions, for his tenacity in workouts and races, for his gracious nature on land that is balanced by his navigational IQ and competitive nature in the water, Ferry Weertman is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

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2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees

1. Adam Walker (Great Britain), Oceans Seven Swimmer
2. Allan Lopes Mamédio do Carmo (Brazil), FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Champion
3. Colin Hill (Great Britain), Race Director & Open Water Ambassador
4. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands), 2-time European Champion
5. Henri Kaarma (Estonia), Ice Swimmer & Cold Water Ambassador
6. Joanes Hedel (France), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Champion
7. Joseph Locke (U.S.A.), Farallons Freestyler
8. Lewis Pugh, OIG (Great Britain), Ocean Advocate
9. Otto Thaning, M.D. (South Africa), Oldest English Channel Swimmer
10. Phil White (U.S.A.), Outstanding Organizer
11. Tomi Stefanovski (Macedonia), Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean Co-Champion
12. Xavier Desharnais (Canada), Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean Co-Champion

2020 Tokyo Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Finalists

1. Florian Wellbrock, Germany
2. Marc-Antoine Olivier, France
3. Rob Muffels, Germany
4. Kristóf Rasovszky, Hungary
5. Jordan Wilimovsky, USA
6. Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy
7. Ferry Weertman, Netherlands
8. Alberto Martinez, Spain
9. Mario Sanzullo, Italy
10. David Aubry, France
11. Hector Thomas Cheal Pardoe, Great Britain
12. Athanasios Kynigakis, Greece
13. Matan Roditi, Israel
14. Kai Graeme Edwards, Australia
15. Taishin Minamide, Japan
16. Tiago Campos, Portugal
17. Kirill Abrosimov, Russia
18. David Farinango, Ecuador
19. Ous Mellouli, Tunisia
20. Michael McGlynn, South Africa
21. Daniel Delgadillo, Mexico
22. Matej Kozubek, Czech Republic
23. Hau-Li Fan, Canada
24. Phillip Seidler, Namibia
25. William Yan Thorley, Hong Kong

USA Swimming National Championship Interviews

FINA World Swimming Championships

2018 RCP Tiburon Mile

Dutch Battle of the Sexes


between Ferry Weertman and Naomi Kromowidjojo

2020 Tokyo Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Finalists

1. Florian Wellbrock, Germany
2. Marc-Antoine Olivier, France
3. Rob Muffels, Germany
4. Kristóf Rasovszky, Hungary
5. Jordan Wilimovsky, USA
6. Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy
7. Ferry Weertman, Netherlands
8. Alberto Martinez, Spain
9. Mario Sanzullo, Italy
10. David Aubry, France
11. Hector Thomas Cheal Pardoe, Great Britain
12. Athanasios Kynigakis, Greece
13. Matan Roditi, Israel
14. Kai Graeme Edwards, Australia
15. Taishin Minamide, Japan
16. Tiago Campos, Portugal
17. Kirill Abrosimov, Russia
18. David Farinango, Ecuador
19. Ous Mellouli, Tunisia
20. Michael McGlynn, South Africa
21. Daniel Delgadillo, Mexico
22. Matej Kozubek, Czech Republic
23. Hau-Li Fan, Canada
24. Phillip Seidler, Namibia
25. William Yan Thorley, Hong Kong

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