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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
13 January 1989
194 cm
Partner Sophia Auer, daughters Emilia [2015], Aurora [2018]
Potsdam, GER
English, German
Higher education
Communications, Politics - Free University of Berlin: Germany

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at a young age.
Why this sport?
His father was involved in the sport.

General Interest

Watching football, media, politics. (Twitter profile, 07 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 200m backstroke and silver in the 400m individual medley at the 2010 European Short Course Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (, 18 Oct 2014)
He fell from his bicycle and sustained a knee injury prior to the 2018 European Championships. (, 09 Nov 2018)

He suffered from angina in May 2016. He was unable to train fully or perform at his best at the German championships and missed out on selection for the 2016 Olympic Games. (, 09 May 2016)

He was unable to compete at the 2015 German Championships in Berlin, Germany, due to a sural nerve [leg] injury. (, 27 May 2015;, 26 May 2015)

In December 2011 he tore the meniscus in his right knee. He recovered in time to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. (, 11 May 2012)
Awards and honours
He and his teammates at the Potsdamer SV club were named the 2015 Sports Team of the Year in the state of Brandenburg, Germany. (, 13 Dec 2015)

He was named the 2011 Athlete of the Year in the state of Hesse, Germany. (, 27 Sep 2011)

He was named the 2007 Newcomer of the Year in the state of Hesse, Germany. (, 30 Sep 2007)
Famous relatives
His partner Sophia Auer swum at national level. His father Thomas Lebherz represented Germany in swimming, winning gold in the 4x100m medley relay at the 1985 European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. (Twitter profile, 11 Feb 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 07 Aug 2017;, 01 Feb 2012;, 26 Nov 2010)
Other information
He decided to withdraw from the national team at the end of 2017/18 season and stay competing as club athlete with Potsdamer SV. "I just never had the opportunity to show again what might really be possible. It's easy to stop here. I will stay as a club athlete and enthusiastic spectator, because swimming will always be fun for all my life." (Facebook page, 19 Nov 2018;, 16 Nov 2018;, 09 Nov 2018)