Johan Schans

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Johan Schans
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Johan Schans in 1968
Personal information
Born (1949-05-14) 14 May 1949 (age 69)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight80 kg (180 lb)
ClubDe Vechtstreek, Utrecht

Johannes "Johan" Schans (born 14 May 1949) is a retired Dutch swimmer. He competed in the 200 m and 4×200 m freestyle events at the 1968 Summer Olympics, but failed to reach the finals.[1]

In 1969 he changed to marathon swimming and finished second in the 42 km (26 mile) Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean professional race in 10 h 12' and fourth in the 57 km (36 mile) Santa Fe-Coronda river swim in Argentina in 8 h 1'. Overall he was ranked 2nd in the world in 1969 and first in 1970.[2] Later in the 1970s he broke the world record in 10 mile swim more than once.[3] In 1970, he was inducted to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.[4]


  1. ^ Johan Schans Archived 2012-11-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Wennerberg, Conrad (1999). Wind, Waves, and Sunburn: A Brief History of Marathon Swimming. Breakaway Books. pp. 330–331. ISBN 978-1-55821-615-0.
  3. ^ Dan Levin (5 August 1974). Settling Down To A Dog-tired Paddle. Sports Illustrated.
  4. ^ Honourees Archived 2012-10-02 at the Wayback Machine.
Schans is congratulated in water by his wife after a competition in 1970