Marco Koch

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Marco Koch
Marco Koch 2018.jpg
Koch 2018 in Darmstadt, Germany
Personal information
National team Germany
Born (1990-01-25) 25 January 1990 (age 32)
Darmstadt, West Germany
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight83 kg (183 lb)
StrokesBreaststroke, individual medley
ClubSG Frankfurt
CoachDirk Lange, Shila Sheth

Marco Koch (born 25 January 1990) is a German competitive swimmer who specializes in breaststroke events.[1] He is a former world record holder in the 200 meter breaststroke (short course).[2]


At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he competed in the men's 200-meter breaststroke, finishing in 11th place overall in the heats and 7th in his semifinal (13th overall), failing to reach the final.

After golden final in Kazan

At the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia, he won the gold medal in the men's 200-meter breaststroke, becoming the first German to claim a championship title in that event.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he competed in the 200 m breaststroke. He finished in 7th place with a time of 2:08.00.[3] He was also part of the 4 x 100 medley relay team which finished in 7th place.[4]

In the Autumn of 2019 he was member of the inaugural International Swimming League swimming for the New York Breakers, who competed in the Americas Division.[5] Koch competed at all of the meets for the Breakers, and specialized in the breaststroke events. [6]

In the second ISL season he competed again for the NY Breakers winning in the play-offs four out four 200m breaststroke races with the highest jackpot ever - 30 points. In his third race in Budapest he almost broke the world record by swimming a 2:00,58.[1]

Although he mainly specializes in breaststroke, Koch also holds the German record in the 400-meter individual medley (short course) with a time of 4:01.87.[7]

Marco Koch 2018 in Darmstadt, Germany


  1. ^ "Marco Koch". London 2012. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Archived from the original on 20 May 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Marco Koch breaks 200 SCM breast world record at German nationals". SwimSwam. 2016-11-20. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  3. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  4. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  5. ^ "Club Rosters – International Swimming League". Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Marco Koch breaks down his 1st ISL win in Budapest". Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  7. ^ Lord, Craig (November 19, 2015). "Marco Koch Extends Menu To Four-Course Meal With 4:01 German 400IM Record". Swimvortex. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
Preceded by World record holder
Men's 200 m breaststroke (short course)

20 November 2016 – Present
Succeeded by