Open Water Swimming Highlights
- He was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in its Class of 2019.
- He won the silver medal in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympics.
- He won a bronze medal in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- He is coached by his older brother Stefan Lurz and was named the Swimming World Magazine's 2014 Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year due to his 4-medal performance at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
- He was nominated as the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.
- His track record of success is extraordinarily impressive, built on the strength of his renowned training program with 25 international podium finishes to his name (Olympic Games, world championships and European championships), not including FINA World Cup medals.
- He competed for Germany at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 1500-meter freestyle and was the world champion in the 10 km marathon swim in 2004.
- In 2005, he won gold in the 5 km world championship when he was jointly awarded the Swimming World Magazine Open Water Swimmers of the Year.
- He won the European Open Water Swimming Cup Championship in 2005.
- He won the 2011 Swimming World Magazine Open Water Swimmer of the Year, was nominated for the 2011, 2012 and 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.
- He participated in the Battle Training.
- He was selected as the 2014 FINA Male Open Water Swimming Athlete of the Year.
- He wrote the book Auf der Erfolgswelle schwimmen: Was junge Menschen wissen müssen, um erfolgreich zu werden (or Float on the Wave of Success: What Young People Need to Know For Success) together with Yasmin M. Fargel.
- He won the bronze medal in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver at the 2012 London Olympic Games as well as gold medals at the 2005 FINA World Swimming Championships in Montréal in the 5 km open water, in the 2006 World Swimming Championships in Melbourne in the 5 km open water, in the 2009 World Swimming Championships in Rome in the 5 km open water, and in the 2009 World Swimming Championships in Rome in the 10 km open water, a silver medal in the 2005 FINA World Swimming Championships in Montréal in the 10 km open water and in the 2006 World Swimming Championships in Melbourne in the 10 km open water.
- He won gold medals in the 2004 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Dubai in the 10 km marathon swim, in the 2006 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Naples in the 5 km open water, in the 2006 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Naples in the 10 km open water, in the 2008 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Seville in the 5 km open water, in the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Roberval in the 5 km open water, and the 2011 FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai in the 5 km open water.
- He won bronze medals in the 2002 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Sharm el-Sheikh in the 5 km open water, in the 2008 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Seville in the 10 km open water, and in the 2006 European Swimming Championships in Budapest in the 5 km open water as well as the 2011 FINA World Championships 5 km team pursuit (team time trial) event in Shanghai together with Jan Wolfgarten and Isabelle Haerle.
- He won gold medals at the 2006 European Swimming Championships in Budapest in the 10 km open water, in the 2008 European Swimming Championships in Dubrovnik in the 10 km open water, 2010 European Swimming Championships in Budapest in the 10 km open water.
- He won silver medals in the 2002 European Swimming Championships in Berlin in the 5 km open water and at the 2005 Summer Universiade in Izmir in the 1500-meter freestyle. He won bronze medals in the 2008 European Swimming Championships in Dubrovnik in both the 5 km open water and 5 km Team Time Trial.
- He won the FINA 10 km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 2014.
- He won the overall season titles on the 2009, 2011 and 2014 FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup professional circuits.
- He won the 2014 Traversée internationale du lac Mégantic in Quebec, Canada.
- At the 2014 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, he won a silver medal in the solo 5 km race on the first day of competition. Then he captured a bronze medal in the 10 km marathon swim two days later and a gold medal in the 5 km team pursuit relay with Christian Reichert and Isabelle Franziska Härle after a 4-day rest, and finished up an unprecedented performance at a FINA World Championships with a gold medal in the 25 km marathon swim.
- He was the 4-time LEN Open Water Swimmer of the Year.
2008 Beijing Olympic Games Men's Results
Gold: Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands) 1:51:51.6
Silver: David Davies (Great Britain) 1:51:54.1
Bronze: Thomas Lurz (Germany) 1:51:54.6
4. Valerio Cleri (Italy) 1:52:06.5
5. Evgeny Drattsev (Russia) 1:52:08.9
6. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria) 1:52:09.1
6. Brian Ryckeman (Belgium) 1:52:10.6
8. Mark Warkentin (United States) 1:52:14.0
9. Chad Ho (South Africa) 1:52:14.1
10. Erwin Leon Maldonado Savera (Venezuela) 1:52:14.6
11. Ky Hurst (Australia) 1:52:14.6
12. Igor Chervynskiy (Ukraine) 1:52:14.6
14. Francisco Jose Hervas (Spain) 1:52:16.
14. Allan do Carmo (Brazil) 1:52:16.6
15. Gilles Rondy (France) 1:52:16.6
16. Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) 1:52:20.4
16. Rostislav Vitek (Czech Republic) 1:52:41.8
18. Luis Escobar (Mexico) 1:54:46.9
19. Saleh Mohammad (Syria) 1:54:46.6
20. Mohamed Elzanaty (Egypt) 1:55:16.0
21. Damian Blaum (Argentina) 1:55:48.6
22. Arseniy Lavrentyev (Portugal) 2:04:49.6
24. Xin Tong (China 2:09:14.4
Csaba Gercsak (Hungary) DNF
Vladimir Dyatchin (Russia) DSQ
2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results
1. Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia - 1:49:55.1
2. Thomas Lurz of Germany - 1:49:58.5
4. Richard Weinberger of Canada - 1:50:00.4
4. Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece - 1:50:05.4
5. Daniel Fogg of Great Britain - 1:50:46.4
6. Sergey Bolshakov of Russia - 1:50:40.1
6. Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia - 1:50:42.8
8. Andreas Waschburger of Germany - 1:50:44.4
9. Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria - 1:50:46.2
10. Alex Meyer of the USA - 1:50:48.2
11. Julien Sauvage of France - 1:50:51.4
12. Troyden Prinsloo of South Africa - 1:50:52.9
14. Erwin Maldonado of Venezuela - 1:50:52.9
14. Igor Chervynskiy of Ukraine - 1:50:56.9
15. Yasunari Hirai of Japan - 1:51:20.1
16. Brian Ryckeman of Belgium - 1:51:26.1
16. Valerio Cleri of Italy - 1:51:29.5
18. Csaba Gercsak of Hungary - 1:51:40.9
19. Arseniy Lavrentyev of Portugal - 1:51:46.2
20. Ky Hurst of Australia - 1:51:41.4
21. Ivan Enderica Ochoa of Ecuador - 1:52:28.6
22. Yuriy Kudinov of Kazakhstan - 1:52:59.0
24. Francisco Jose Hervas of Spain - 1:54:26.8
24. Mazen Aziz Metwaly of Egypt - 1:54:44.2
25. Benjamin Schulte of Guam - 2:04:45.1
2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination
Lurz was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award. His nomination reads,
For a decade, he has remained at or near the top of the FINA and Olympic worlds of open water swimming. Fast and fit, strategic and savvy, Thomas Lurz has won numerous world championships, 2 Olympic medals while losing only a handful of races in nearly every condition and continent. But win or lose, he shakes the hands of his fellow competitors, smiles at the crowds, and remains a gentleman in all respects. His athleticism and preparedness, his demeanor on land and his actions in the water have set the tone for the top echelon of elite professional marathon swimmers. The younger swimmers look at his style and learn from his racing tactics. They understand his tenacity and they respect his statesmanship he has achieved as an ambassador of the sport. Eloquent and expressive, Lurz takes the time to be a role model while continuing to be among the fastest in the world. For his decade of success, for his Olympic silver medal performance, and for setting the standard of professionalism in the sport, Thomas Lurz is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.
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