Robert Lijesen

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Robert Lijesen
Personal information
Full name Robert Lijesen
Nationality  Netherlands
Born (1985-02-05) February 5, 1985 (age 29)
Dordrecht
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 78 kilograms (172 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) freestyle
Club Nationaal Zweminstituut Eindhoven

Robert Lijesen (born February 5, 1985, Dordrecht) is a Dutch Swimmer,[1] who is specialized in the 50 and 100 m freestyle. He is currently trained by former world champion Marcel Wouda at the same club as multiple olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband. He holds the European record in the 4×100 m freestyle Short Course together with Bas van Velthoven, Mitja Zastrow and Robin van Aggele in 3:09.18[2] swum during the World SC Championships 2008 in Manchester they finished second in this event behind the United States who swum a world record in the same race.

Swimming career[edit]

Lijesen made his international senior debut at the 2006 FINA Short Course World Championships in Shanghai with the 23rd place in the 100 m freestyle.

2008[edit]

He was part of the team that broke the European record in the 4×100 m freestyle (SC) at the 2008 FINA Short Course World Championships alongside Bas van Velthoven, Mitja Zastrow and Robin van Aggele winning a silver medal doing so. Individually he reached 17th place in the 50 m freestyle. With the 4×100 m medley relay he reached a 8th place together with Bastiaan Tamminga, van Aggele and Joeri Verlinden swimming a new national record.

A few weeks before at the 2008 European Aquatics Championships in Eindhoven he won the bronze medal in the 4×100 m freestyle, where he split faster than Pieter van den Hoogenband who was later revealed suffered from the flu. Individually he ended 12th in the 100 m freestyle, in the 50 m freestyle he reached the final where he finished 6th.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics he finished 10th in the 4×100 m freestyle with Zastrow, van den Hoogenband and van Velthoven. In the 50 m freestyle, his only individual start, he reached a 32nd spot.

See also[edit]

Personal bests[edit]

Short course[1][3]
Event Time Date Location
50 m freestyle 21.72 2008-12-19 Amsterdam, Netherlands
100 m freestyle 47.42 2008-12-21 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Long course[1][3]
Event Time Date Location
50 m freestyle 22.40 2008-12-05 Eindhoven, Netherlands
100 m freestyle 49.71 2008-03-21 Eindhoven, Netherlands

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