Paul Asmuth is an American professional marathon swimmer from California.
- He was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 1982 as an Honor Swimmer.
- He was inducted by the International Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2010 as an Honor Open Water Swimmer.
- He served on the Board of Directors of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame prior to organizational structural changes in 2015.
- He was inducted into the Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2020.
Open Water Swimming Highlights
- Asmuth won seven World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation titles between 1980 and 1985 and in 1988.
- He finished an incredible 59 professional marathon swimming races in all kinds of conditions: cold, warm, flat, rough including the 24 Heures La Tuque marathon relay with James Kegley.
- He won six 42 km (26-mile) Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog in Canada.
- He was named Athlete of the Decade (1990’s) by the Atlantic City Press (New Jersey, USA).
- He won the 1988 Waikiki Roughwater Swim on Oahu, Hawaii.
- He swam an unprecedented 24 miles from Nantucket to Craigville Beach on Cape Cod in Massachusetts in 12 hours 1 minute in 1986.
- He was one of the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team coaches between 2006 - 2012 including at the Olympic 10K Marathon Swims at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. He led the American resurgence in marathon swimming by helping guide the powerful USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team which includes several world champions (Ashley Twichell, Eva Fabian, Alex Meyer and Andrew Gemmell).
- He finished 1st in 1982 and 2nd in the 36.2 km Atlantic City Around The Island Swim in Atlantic City, New Jersey on 12 August 1989.
He wrote Marathon Swimming The Sport of the Soul that was released on 16 October 2018.
2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination
Asmuth's book, Marathon Swimming The Sport of the Soul, was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:
Paul Asmuth competed in 59 professional marathon swimming races and crossed the English Channel three times over a lengthy career that coincided with a successful career as a CPA in California. He won 6 World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation titles and set records from Canada to Italy. As the dominant figure in marathon swimming during the 1980's, he struck fear in the hearts of his competitors. But deep down in his own heart and soul, God played a major role in his success. He describes in Marathon Swimming: The Sport of the Soul how God directed him throughout his life, putting him in the right place and surrounding him with supportive coaches and teammates. For frankly telling his journey with God throughout myriad bodies of water around the world, for retelling his thoughts and actions in several iconic professional marathon swimming races, and sharing his stories of passion, faith and grit, Marathon Swimming: The Sport of the Soul by Paul Asmuth is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
International Swimming Hall of Fame
His induction ceremony celebrated his career where he accomplished the following:
OR THE RECORD: SEVEN WORLD PROFESSIONAL MARATHON SWIMMING FEDERATION TITLES: 1980-1985, 1988
MOST WINS LA TRAVERSEE DU LAC MEMPHREMAGOG: SIX CROSSINGS
FIRST AROUND MANHATTAN ISLAND UNDER SEVEN HOURS;
ATLANTIC CITY PRESS NAMES ASMUTH ATHLETE OF THE DECADE (1990)
COMPETED IN 59 INTERNATIONAL MARATHON SWIMMING RACES
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