Sharon van Rouwendaal Honored by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

Sharon van Rouwendaal Honored by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

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

Sharon won an important Major: the 2016 Rio Olympics marathon swim. She is a three-time Olympian (several pool and two marathon swimming events). She is the only woman to win two Olympic medals in the 10 km marathon swim, a gold medal in Rio and a silver medal in Tokyo.

She also won three silver medals in the FINA World Championship: 2017 at 25 km and 2015 at 10 km and 5 km.

Sharon had finished 20 professional marathon races in 17 countries over seven years (to date), taking podium positions in 40% of the events.  Sharon was named FINA Athlete of the Year in 2016 and FINA Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2014, 2016 and 2018. She won the European Championship 10 km in 2014, 2018 and 2021.

In the pool, she won medals at the FINA World Championships: a 2015 silver medal behind Katie Ledecky in the 400m freestyle; a 2014 gold medal in the 4×200 relay in world record time, a silver medal in the 400m freestyle and bronze in the 400m and 800m freestyle; and 2011 bronze at the age of 17 in the 200m backstroke.  She also competed in the 100m and 200m backstroke at the 2012 London Olympics. Sharon was a seven-time European champion and a 12-time Dutch national record holder in the pool.

Steven Munatones has seen the newest IMSHOF Honor Swimmer in competition over the years, “Sharon is always in the mix. Leveraging her speed in the pool and the stamina that she has developed over many years of 10,000+ meter workout days, she has the speed and stamina and race savvy to win every time she enters a race. She is still relatively young – at 28 – so she may have 1 or more Olympics and many more World Championship efforts left in her career.

She is intense and dedicated for sure, but she also has a sense of humor and a smile that lights up a pool or room. This is a well-deserved honor for the Dutch swimmer who took great pride in her silver medal performance in Tokyo as well as her gold medal swim in Rio – where she literally swam away from the field on the last loop.”

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Steven Munatones