Thomas Lurz

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Thomas Lurz
Lurz 2009 WC Copenhagen.jpg
Personal information
Full name Thomas Lurz
Nationality Germany
Born (1979-11-28) November 28, 1979 (age 34)
Würzburg, Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 76 kg
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) open water, freestyle
Club SV Würzburg 05

Thomas Lurz (born 28 November 1979) is a German swimmer who specializes in long-distance freestyle swimming, especially open water swimming. Lurz lives in Gerbrunn and swims for the SV Würzburg 05 sports club.

He competed for Germany at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the 1500 m freestyle, where he missed the final, but returned to the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he won a bronze medal in the 10 km Open Water race.[1] He was the World Champion in the 10 km open-water swimming event in 2004. In 2005, he won gold in the 5 km event but was beaten into the silver medal position by the United States' Chip Peterson in the 10 km event. He was jointly awarded the inaugural Open Water Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine with Peterson.

Achievements[edit]

  • Ten German titles for 800 m, 1500 m, 5000 m and 10,000 m (open-water) freestyle
  • Winner of the European Open Water Competition 2005
  • Silver medal in the 1500 m freestyle at the 2005 Summer Universiade
  • Gold medal in 5 km event at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships
  • Gold medals in 5 km and 10 km events at the 2006 European Aquatics Championships in Budapest
  • Gold medal in 5 km event at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships
  • Gold medals in 5 km and 10 km events at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships
  • Gold medal in 10 km event at the 2010 European Aquatics Championships in Budapest.[2]
  • Gold medal in 5 km event at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships
  • Silver medal in 10 km event at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships
  • Silver medal in 10 km event at the 2012 Olympics in London
  • Gold medals in 25 km and 5 km team events at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships
  • Silver medal in 10 km event at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships
  • Bronze medal in 5 km event at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships

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Awards
Preceded by
None
Netherlands Maarten van der Weijden
Italy Valerio Cleri
World Open Water Swimmer of the Year
2005 (with United States Chip Peterson), 2006
2009
2011 (with Greece Spyridon Gianniotis)
Succeeded by
Russia Vladimir Dyatchin
Italy Valerio Cleri
Tunisia Oussama Mellouli
Preceded by
Italy Valerio Cleri
Tunisia Oussama Mellouli
FINA Open Water Swimmer of the Year
2011
2013
Succeeded by
Tunisia Oussama Mellouli
Incumbent


This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.