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Sharon van Rouwendaal

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Sharon van Rouwendaal, an Olympic 10K Marathon Swim finalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on 4 August 2021
Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands won her third Swimming World Magazine Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2018
Sharon van Rouwendaal was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Sharon van Rouwendaal, Olympic champion, in the open water swimming venue in Kazan, Russia
Sharon van Rouwendaal, a nominee 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 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year category
Sharon van Rouwendaal was nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, a WOWSA Award and recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe
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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

Sharon van Rouwendaal (born 9 September 1993) is a 27-year-old Dutch pool and open water swimmer. She is an outstanding pool swimmer who specialized in backstroke and distance freestyle, placing at the European Championships and FINA Short Course World Championships. She won the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro and the silver medal in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Pool Swimming Career

  • She won a silver in the 400m freestyle at the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia.
  • She was on the world record setting 800m short course freestyle relay, won the silver medal in the 400m freestyle, and finished third in the 800m freestyle at the 2014 FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha, Qatar
  • She won a bronze medal in the 200m backstroke at the 2011 FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China.
  • She won a silver medal in the 400m freestyle at the 2014 European Championships in Berlin, Germany.
  • She won a silver medal in the 100m and 200m backstroke at the 2010 European Championships in Eindhoven.
  • She won a bronze medal in the 800m freestyle at the 2013 European Championships in Herning.
  • She won a bronze medal in the 800m freestyle at the 2013 European Championships in Netanya.

Open Water Swimming Career

Honors

2018 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Sharon van Rouwendaal is a Dutch star in both the pool and open water who had four incredible performances at the 2018 LEN European Championships held in Scotland's Loch Lomond. After winning medals in both the pool and open water in the European Championships, world championships and Olympics, the 25-year-old has won major international races like the 10 km race in Qatar on the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series and at the Championnats de France de Natation en Eau Libre in France. On the first day of European Championships, she dominated the 5 km race. On the second day, she won the 10 km race. On the third day of competition, she was part of the winning Dutch 5 km mixed team relay. On the final day after a punishing 25 km, only Arianna Bridi stood between her and a clean sweep of the four open water events - by the slimmest of margins: 0.1 seconds. For continuing her victorious ways after her 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal against all comers, for her #2 ranking on the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series with one race to go after competing in the Seychelles, Portugal, Hungary and China, for representing her country well and speaking eloquently about her sport, Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

2014 WOWSA Award Nominees

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil), FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Champion
2. Bhakti Sharma (India), Marathon Swimmer & Educational Reformist
3. Carina Bruwer (South Africa), Freestyling Flautist
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia), Marathon Swimmer & Coach
5. Colleen Mallon (Ireland), Channel Swimmer & Volunteer
6. Elaine Howley (USA), Communicator, Organizer, Swimmer
7. Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Oceans Seven Swimmer
8. Nataliya Fatyanova, M.D. (Russia), Ice Swimming Researcher & Physician
9. Pilar Geijo (Argentina), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Co-Champion
10. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands), 2-time European Champion
11. Sylvia Rybárová (Czech Republic), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Co-Champion
12. Susan Simmons (Canada), Marathon Swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis

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2014 WOWSA Award Nomination

Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands), 2-time European Champion
"Sharon van Rouwendaal has the background and mindset of a champion. The world-class backstroker and distance freestyler has quickly transformed herself to be among the elite in the open water swimming world. With her gold medal in the 10 km marathon swim, a silver in the 5 km open water race, and another gold in the 5 km team pursuit with her Dutch teammates at the 32nd LEN European Championships, van Rouwendaal has clearly established herself among the highest echelon in the open water swimming world. With the tradition of success among her Dutch predecessors from Judith van Berkel-de Nijs to Maarten van der Weijden and Linsy Heister, she has demonstrated her talents mirror their championship ways. For her meteoric rise to the elite level, for her enthusiastic embrace of a new aquatic discipline, for her triple-medal performance at the European Championships, Sharon van Rouwendaal is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.''

2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees

She was nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association along with the following nominees:

1. Alex Cape (Canada) Freshwater Adventurer
2. Aurélie Muller (France) Olympian and World Champion
3. Bridgette Hobart Janeczko (U.S.A.) Prolific Marathon Swimmer
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia) Channel Swimmer & Coach
5. Elina Makïnen (Finland) Ice Swimmer
6. Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.) Double Downing
7. Lorna Cochran (South Africa) Nonagenarian Swimmer
8. Pilar Geijo (Argentina) FINA Grand Prix Champion
9. Rachele Bruni (Italy) Olympian & FINA World Cup Champion
10. Renata Novakova (Czech Republic), Ice Swimming World Champion
11. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) Olympic Cross-over Speedster
12. Tita Llorens (Spain), Marathon Swimmer

2015 WOWSA Awards Nomination

Her World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nomination reads as follows:

Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) Olympic Cross-over Speedster
Sharon van Rouwendaal seeks and finds the award podium no matter what the venue. She became only the second woman in FINA history to medal in both swimming (400m freestyle bronze) and open water swimming (10 km marathon swim silver medal) while winning events from the world record setting 800m short course freestyle relay to the 15 km FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix race in Cozumel, Mexico. The humble 23-year-old qualified for the 2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim by finishing second in the 10 km marathon swim at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Russia. She finished second in the 5 km team pursuit at the FINA World Championships, won $17,000 at the 10 km Swim the Swan in Perth, Australia over an elite field and placed fourth in the 5 km race at the 2015 FINA World Championships. For her extraordinarily busy schedule at the FINA World Swimming Championships, for her willingness to race everything from 200m to 10 km, for her love of hard training under coach Philippe Lucas, Sharon van Rouwendaal is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

2016 WOWSA Awards Nomination

Her World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nomination reads as follows:

Sharon van Rouwendaal reached the pinnacle of any swimmer's career this year: an Olympic gold medal in the 10 km marathon swim at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in a commanding performance by powering through the last loop of the Copacabana Beach course. She swims under the direction of a coach who demands more work and asks swimmers to train more mileage than other swimming coaches. But she welcomed the challenge and thrived under the massive mileage, and followed the grand historical Dutch successes in the open water. She remains passionate about the sport and thoroughly versatile, ending the season with a 1.5 km victory in Hong Kong Harbour while also continuing to be a world-class swimmer in the pool. For her meteoric rise in the open water discipline to become an Olympic champion, for her courageously commanding strategy at the Rio Olympics, for her genuine, enthusiastic appreciation of the sport and its volunteers, Sharon van Rouwendaal is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Results

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil, 29) 1:59:30.90
2. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands, 27) 1:59:31.70
3. Kareena Lee (Australia, 27) 1:59:32.50
4. Anna Olasz (Hungary, 27) 1:59:34.80
5. Leonie Beck (Germany, 24) 1:59:35.10
6. Haley Anderson (USA, 29) 1:59:36.90
7. Ashley Twichell (USA, 32) 1:59:37.90
8. Xin Xin (China, 24) 2:00:10.10
9. Lara Grangeon de Villele (France, 29) 2:00:57.0
10. Finnia Wunram (Germany, 25) 2:01:01.90
11. Samantha Arévalo (Ecuador, 26) 2:01:30.60
12. Cecilia Biagioli (Argentina, 36) 2:01:31.70
13. Yumi Kida (Japan, 36) 2:01:40.90
14. Rachele Bruni (Italy, 30) 2:02:10.20
15. Anastasiia Kirpichnikova (Russian Olympic Committee, 21) 2:03:17.50
16. Paula Ruiz Bravo (Spain, 22) 2:03:17.60
17. Angelica Andre (Portugal, 26) 2:04:40.70
18. Kate Farley Sanderson (Canada, 21) 2:04:59.10
19. Alice Dearing (Great Britain, 24) 2:05:03.20
20. Paola Perez (Venezuela, 30) 2:05:45.00
21. Michelle Weber (South Africa, 24) 2:06:56.50
22. Krystyna Panchishko (Ukraine, 23) 2:07:35.10
23. Li-Shan Chantal Liew (Singapore, 22) 2:08:17.90
24. Spela Perse (Slovenia, 25) 2:08:33.00
25. Souad Nefissa Cherouati (Algeria, 32) 2:17:21.60

2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results

Gold Sharon Van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 1:56:32.1
Silver Rachele Bruni (Italy) 1:56:49.5
Bronze: Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) 1:56:51.4
4. Xin Xin (China) 1:57:14.4
5. Haley Anderson (United States) 1:57:20.2
6. Isabelle Härle (Germany) 1:57:22.1
7. Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain) 1:57:23.9
8. Anastasia Krapivina (Russia) 1:57:25.9
9. Samantha Arevalo (Ecuador) 1:57:27.2
10. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:57:29.0
11. Kalliopi Araouzou (Greece) 1:57:31.6
12. Yumi Kida (Japan) 1:57:35.2
13. Éva Risztov (Hungary) 1:57:42.8
14. Anna Olasz (Hungary) 1:57:45.5
15. Chelsea Gubecka (Australia) 1:58:12.7
16. Spela Perse (Slovenia) 1:58:59.6
17. Erika Villaecija (Spain) 1:59:04.8
18. Michelle Weber (South Africa) 1:59:05.0
19. Jana Pechanova (Czech Republic) 1:59:07.7
20. Paola Perez (Venezuela) 1:59:07.7
21. Heidi Gan (Malaysia) 1:59:07.9
22. Joanna Zachoszcz (Poland) 1:59:20.4
23. Stephanie Horner (Canada) 1:59:22.1
24. Vânia Neves (Portugal) 2:01:39.3
25. Reem Mohamed Husein Elsayed Kaseem (Egypt) 2:05:19.1
DSQ Aurélie Muller (France)

2020 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Qualifiers

Rouwendaal qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games at the 2019 FINA World Swimming Championships 10 km marathon swim held in Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park in Gwangju, South Korea on 14 July 2019:

1. Xin Xin (China) 1:54:47.20
2. Haley Anderson (USA) 1:54:48.10
3. Rachele Bruni (Italy) 1:54:49.90
4. Lara Grangeon (France) 1:54:50.00
5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:54:50.50
6. Ashley Twichell (USA) 1:54:50.50
7. Kareena Lee (Australia) 1:54:50.50
8. Finnia Wunram (Germany) 1:54:50.70
9. Leonie Beck (Germany) 1:54:51.00
10. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 1:54:51.10

2020 Tokyo Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Finalists

1. Xin Xin (China)
2. Haley Anderson (USA)
3. Rachele Bruni (Italy)
4. Lara Grangeon (France)
5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
6. Ashley Twichell (USA)
7. Kareena Lee (Australia)
8. Finnia Wunram (Germany)
9. Leonie Beck (Germany)
10. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands)
11. Anna Olasz (Hungary)
12. Paula Ruiz Bravo (Spain)
13. Kate Sanderson (Canada)
14. Alice Dearing (Great Britain)
15. Angelica Andre (Portugal)
16. Cecilia Biagioli (Argentina)
17. Anastasia Kirpichnikova (Russian)
18. Samantha Arevalo (Ecuador)
19. Spela Perse (Slovenia)
20. Yumi Kida (Japan)
21. Michelle Weber (South Africa)
22. Paola Perez (Venezuela)
23. Krystyna Panchishko (Ukraine)
24. Li-Shan Chantal Liew (Singapore)
25. Souad Nefissa Cherouati (Algeria)

Warming Up


2016 Rio Olympic Games Marathon Swim Coverage

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Marathon Swim Coverage

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