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NetherlandsNetherlands, NED
Open water


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
27 June 1992
Partner Ranomi Kromowidjojo
Eindhoven, NED
Dutch, English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six in Bussum, Netherlands. He took up open water swimming at age 17.
Why this sport?
His brother was swimming and he thought it looked like fun. He was encouraged to take up open water swimming after he failed to qualify for the 800m freestyle at the 2009 European Junior Championships. "I enjoy swimming and I love the feeling of being in the water. I wanted to compete in the European pool championships but didn't qualify. I found my place in open water and really liked it."
Club / Team
Otters Het Gooi: Bussum, NED
Name of coach
Marcel Wouda [national], NED; Thijs Hagelstein [national], NED
Coach from which country?

International Debut

Competing for
Olympic Games Qualifying
Setúbal, POR

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 04 Dec 2016)
Hero / Idol
Dutch swimmer Maarten van der Weijden. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Pain is not my enemy, it's my call to greatness." (Facebook page, 27 Nov 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Open Water Male Swimmer of 2018 at the International Swimming Federation's [FINA] World Aquatics Gala in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China. (, 16 Dec 2018)

In 2017 he received a Long-Term Performance Award from the Dutch Swimming Federation. (, 10 Aug 2017)

He received the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year Award in 2016. (, 04 Dec 2016)

He was voted the European Swimming Federation [LEN] Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2015. (, 07 Jan 2016)
Famous relatives
His partner Ranomi Kromowidjojo has represented the Netherlands in swimming and has won three gold medals at the Olympic Games. (, 22 Jun 2020;; SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jul 2019; Instagram profile, 29 Jun 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 04 Jul 2017)
Other information
He and partner, Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo try hard to keep their swimming and private life separate. "When I have a hard time mentally, I sometimes have a glass of whiskey. Just because I like it. In such a situation Ranomi takes a piece of chocolate. If she tells me not to drink alcohol or warns me that a bar isn't good for her, you're bound to clash. We agreed early on in our relationship what to say and what not to say. When we talk about swimming all day, our relationship never lasts. We understand what the other is doing. What we don't understand, we let go." (, 22 Jun 2020)

He is an athlete representative on the International Swimming Federation's [FINA] Athletes Committee. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2018)