Florian Wellbrock (Germany) – World Open Water Swimming Association

Florian Wellbrock won the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games marathon swim in dominating fashion, finishing 25 seconds faster than the silver medalist.


Florian Wellbrock won the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games marathon swim with a thoroughly dominating performance – never before seen in the previous Olympics in 2008, 2012, or 2016. The gold medal was his second after winning bronze in the 1500m freestyle 7 days previously and finishing 4th in the 800m freestyle. At the 2021 World Championships, Wellbrock won bronze medal in the 4×1500m mixed relay, a gold medal in the 10 km, and set a new world record in the 1500m freestyle in the pool.

Why he was nominated

For taking complete control of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim from start to finish after competing in 2 heats of the 800m freestyle and 2 heats of the 1500m freestyle at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and for capturing podium positions in both the pool and open water in international competitions throughout the year.




Man of the Year


Florian Wellbrock

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