Ferry Weertman Honored by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

Ferry Weertman Honored by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

Ned Denison, chairperson of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, announced the induction of Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands as an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

Ferry won 3 major championship racs: the 2016 Rio Olympics marathon swim, the 2017 FINA World Championship 10 km race, and the 2018 FINA World Series Cup. He was the first male winner of both the Olympics and the 10 km World Championships. Ferry also won two silver medals at the 2015 FINA World Championships in the 10 km and 5 km Mixed Team Event; and gold medals at the European Championships10 km races in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and mixed team event in 2014 and 2018. He competed for 10 years at the world class (FINA) level: 29 events in 17 countries and 10 podiums (or 34% of all starts) all first or second.  He was named FINA Athlete of the Year in 2016 and 2018; Swimming World Magazine Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2016 and 2017; and European Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2015 and 2016.

Ferry contributed to the sport as the Male Representative Open Water in the FINA Athletes Commission since 2017 and Ambassador of the Amsterdam City Swim, the biggest open water event of the Netherlands with 2,500 swimmers which raises over 1.5 million€ (US$1.8 million) every year for the Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS: muscle disease) charity. He was awarded the Netherlands award, Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau after his gold medal victory at the Rio Olympics.

He also excelled in the pool and was a finalist, finishing 8th at the FINA World Championships in the 4×200 freestyle relay in 2017 in Budapest.”

Steven Munatones remembers his character and achievements, “Ferry developed and demonstrated, throughout his peak, both the speed and stamina in abundance that he used to win the 2016 Rio Olympics marathon swim and the 2017 FINA World Championships – and numerous other victories around the world. His talents are based on a massive amount of fast training mileage both in the pool and open water, under the guidance of coachMarcel Wouda.

He not only sustained an incredible drive to continue realizing his athletic goals, but he also shined brightly with a great personality and magnetic charisma. He represents the sport very well in a responsible manner befitting a modern-day hero. With a giant target on his back at every race, Ferry won a wide variety of races from the RCP Tiburon Mile in the cold waters of San Francisco Bay to the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in warm Qatar as well as the LEN Championship races.

But today he announced his retirement in the sport. It is fitting that the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame announced his latest honor that is well deserved and helps set his legacy going forward in the future.”

Ferry Weertman winning in Cozumel, Mexico
Ferry Weertman, Sharon van Rouwendaal, and Marcel Schouten at the 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships by Daniel Kopatsch

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