Christian Hein

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Christian Hein
Personal information
Full name Christian Hein
National team  Germany
Born (1982-09-06) 6 September 1982 (age 35)
Würzburg, Bayern,
West Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, Open water
Club SVW 05 Würzburg[1]
Coach Nikolai Evseev[1]

Christian Hein (born September 6, 1982) is a German former swimmer, who specialized in long-distance freestyle events and open water marathon.[2] He won two silver medals in both 5 and 10 km open water swimming at the 2003 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, with a time of 53.13.9 and 1:51.06.5, respectively.[3][4] Hein is a member of SVW 05 Würzburg, and is coached and trained by Nikolai Evseev.[1]

Hein qualified for the men's 400 m freestyle at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, by finishing second behind his teammate Heiko Hell from the Olympic trials, in an A-standard entry time of 3:51.53.[5][6] Hein missed out a spot for the eight-man final, as he placed tenth out of 47 swimmers in the morning's preliminary heats, lowering his entry time to 3:49.66.[7] In the 1500 m freestyle, Hein finished twelfth overall on the morning's preliminaries by exactly one second ahead of Japan's Takeshi Matsuda with a time of 15:15.42.[8]

At the 2006 European Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Hein swept the two spots for Germany, as he placed second behind Thomas Lurz by a single second margin in the men's 5 km open water race, clocking at 56:01.1. He also picked up a bronze medal in the 10 km race, but finished behind Maarten van der Weijden of the Netherlands by approximately three seconds, in a time of 1:58:16.6.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c Lackner, Stefan (14 October 2008). "Getting to Know: Germany's Christian Hein". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Christian Hein". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Valli, Kochkarov Strike First Gold in Barcelona, Win 5K Open Water". Swimming World Magazine. 13 July 2003. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Viola Valli Wins Her Second Gold in Barcelona, Takes 10K; Diattchine Wins Men's Race". Swimming World Magazine. 16 July 2003. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Steven, Stockbauer Shine on Day Three of German Trials". Swimming World Magazine. 6 June 2004. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Swimming – Men's 400m Freestyle Startlist (Heat 6)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Men's 400m Freestyle Heat 6". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Men's 1500m Freestyle Heat 5". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 20 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "LEN European Championships Through Day Two". Swimming World Magazine. 28 July 2006. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Schwimm-EM: Lurz Europameister – Bronze für Hein" [European Swimming Championships: Lurz is the European champion, bronze for Hein] (in German). Hamburger Morgenpost. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 

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