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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
21 February 1991
194 cm
Heidelberg, GER
Armed Forces, Athlete
English, German

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He had his first competitive race in 1998 with the PSV Mannheim club in Germany.
Club / Team
SV Nikar Heidelberg: Germany
Name of coach
Michael Spikermann [club], GER; Hannes Vitense [national], GER; Bernd Berkhahn [national], GER
Training Regime
He trains twice a day.

General Interest

Cooking. (, 31 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 200m individual medley and silver in the 400m individual medley at the 2017 European Short Course Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Facebook page, 16 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
German swimmer Marco Koch. (, 18 Jul 2018)
He pulled out of the 400m individual medley final at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, because of a hip injury and could not train for four weeks thereafter. (, 28 Jul 2019;, 04 Dec 2019)

A shoulder injury ruled him out of selection for the 2018 World Short Course Championships in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China. (, 23 Nov 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." (Facebook page, 28 Oct 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Athlete of the Year in Heidelberg, Germany. He also won the award in 2015 and 2017. (, 02 Apr 2019;, 16 Mar 2018;, 23 Apr 2016)

He was named the 2013 Athlete of the Year in Mannheim, Germany. (, 08 Aug 2014)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 25 Jul 2019)
Other information
He says he is focused on the Olympic Games above all other competitions. "My complete focus is geared towards the Olympics. [London in] 2012 was my first, I still have very good memories. I wanted a medal in 2016 [in Rio de Janeiro], and came close in the end. So I will now try again [in 2020]. I've always been geared towards the Olympic Games, and I don't really care what I'm doing in the four years between. I'm really only interested in the Olympics." (, 04 Dec 2019)