The Winningest Professional Open Water Swimmers

The Winningest Professional Open Water Swimmers

Olympic champions Ferry Weertman  and his girlfriend Ranomi Kromowidjojo have both recently retired. Over the course of her 16-year career, Kromowidjojo won an incredible 162 total FINA and Olympic medals (69 gold+ 55 silver + 38 bronze). Compared to 94 FINA and Olympic medals won by Michael Phelps and 82 by Alexander Popov, her longevity in the sport is renowned.

Weertman himself has won 13 FINA and Olympic medals (6 gold + 6 silver + 1 bronze). Other top open water swimmers (inclusive of both pool and open water FINA competitions) include the athletes listed below. Note that podium positions prior to 1991 that were earned on the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation or the International Marathon Swimming Association professional circuits are not included. FINA took control over the professional circuit during the 1991-1992 transition period.

2020 Tokyo Olympic marathon swim champion Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil is still active and is expected to add to her tally over the next few (or several) years.

  1. Ana Marcela Cunha, Brazil (69) 35 gold + 17 silver + 17 bronze [shown above]
  2. Ous Mellouli, Tunisia (66) 37 gold + 15 silver + 14 bronze
  3. Thomas Lurz, Germany (59) 35 gold + 15 silver + 9 bronze
  4. Angela Maurer, Germany (56) 10 gold + 23 silver + 23 bronze
  5. Poliana Okimoto Cintra, Brazil (44) 17 gold + 14 silver + 13 bronze
  6. Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria (42) 27 gold + 6 silver + 9 bronze
  7. Esther Nuñez Morera, Spain (40) 8 gold + 11 silver + 21 bronze
  8. Pilar Geijo, Argentina (39) 13 gold + 17 silver + 9 bronze
  9. Damián Blaum, Argentina (31) 5 gold + 10 silver + 16 bronze
  10. Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy (28) 11 gold + 8 silver + 9 bronze
  11. Britta Kamrau, Germany (26) 10 gold + 9 silver + 7 bronze
  12. Rachele Bruni, Italy (26) 9 gold + 9 silver + 9 bronze
  13. Allan do Carmo, Brazil (25) 3 gold + 9 silver + 13 bronze
  14. Vladimir Dyatchin, Russia (24) 7 gold + 10 silver + 7 bronze
  15. Spyridon Gianniotis, Greece (23) 7 gold + 9 silver + 7 bronze
  16. Martina Grimaldi, Italy (23) 12 gold + 3 silver + 8 bronze
  17. Simone Ercoli, Italy (23) 6 gold + 8 silver + 9 bronze
  18. Larisa Ilchenko, Russia (19) 13 gold + 4 silver + 2 bronze
  19. Christian Reichert, Germany (18) 6 gold + 7 silver + 5 bronze
  20. Alexander Studzinski, Germany (18) 5 gold + 7 silver + 6 bronze
  21. Edith van Dijk, Netherlands (17) 6 gold + 6 silver + 5 bronze
  22. Florian Wellbrock, Germany (17) 13 gold + 1 silver + 3 bronze
  23. Sharon van Rouwendaal, Netherlands (17) 4 gold + 9 silver + 4 bronze
  24. Simone Ruffini, Italy (17) 8 gold + 3 silver + 6 bronze
  25. Kristóf Rasovszky, Hungary (17) 9 gold + 5 silver + 3 bronze
  26. Evgenij Pop Acev, Macedonia (17) 2 gold + 7 silver + 8 bronze
  27. Valerio Cleri, Italy (16) 10 gold + 2 silver + 4 bronze
  28. Cecilia Biagioli, Argentina (16) 7 gold + 4 silver + 5 bronze
  29. Evgenii Drattcev, Russia (16) 3 gold + 4 silver + 9 bronze
  30. Alice Franco, Italy (16) 4 gold + 6 silver + 6 bronze
  31. Edoardo Stochino, Italy (15) 3 gold + 9 silver + 3 bronze
  32. Aurélie Muller, France (14) 7 gold + 5 silver + 2 bronze
  33. Ferry Weertman, Netherlands (13) 6 gold + 6 silver + 1 bronze
  34. Olga Kozydub, Russia (13) 7 gold + 3 silver + 3 bronze
  35. Anna Uvarova, Russia (13) 4 gold + 7 silver + 2 bronze
  36. Haley Anderson, USA (12) 5 gold + 6 silver + 1 bronze
  37. Anna Olasz, Hungary (12) 2 gold + 7 silver + 3 bronze
  38. Marc-Antoine Olivier, France (12) 8 gold + 2 silver + 2 bronze
  39. Rob Muffels, Germany (12) 5 gold + 4 silver + 3 bronze
  40. Kristel Köbrich, Chile (11) 2 gold + 8 silver + 1 bronze
  41. Erika Villaecija, Spain (11) 3 gold + 4 silver + 4 bronze
  42. Silvie Rybářová, Czech Republic (11) 3 gold + 5 silver + 3 bronze
  43. Peggy Büchse, Germany (10) 4 gold + 3 silver + 3 bronze
  44. Yuri Kudinov, Russia/Kazakhstan (10) 5 gold + 3 silver + 2 bronze
  45. Andreas Waschburger, Germany (10) 3 gold + 4 silver + 3 bronze
  46. Fran Crippen, USA (10) 2 gold + 2 silver + 6 bronze
  47. Alex Meyer, USA (10) 5 gold + 1 silver + 4 bronze
  48. Keri-Anne Payne, Great Britain (9) 4 gold + 2 silver + 3 bronze
  49. Viola Valli, Italy (9) 5 gold + 2 silver + 2 bronze
  50. Yvetta Hlaváčová, Czech Republic (9) 2 gold + 2 silver + 5 bronze
  51. Tomi Stefanovski, Macedonia (9) 2 gold + 3 silver + 4 bronze
  52. Éva Risztov, Hungary (9) 3 gold + 6 silver
  53. Andrea Volpini, Italy (9) 2 gold + 4 silver + 3 bronze
  54. Brian Ryckeman, Belgium (9) 2 gold + 5 silver + 2 bronze
  55. Trent Grimsey, Australia (9) 5 gold + 2 silver + 2 bronze
  56. Barbara Pozzobon, Italy (9) 6 gold + 3 silver
  57. Jordan Wilimovsky, USA (8) 1 gold + 3 silver + 4 bronze
  58. Jack Burnell, Great Britain (8) 4 gold + 3 silver + 1 bronze
  59. Guillermo Bertola, Argentina (8) 2 gold + 3 silver + 3 bronze
  60. Samantha Arévalo, Ecuador (8) 2 silver + 6 bronze
  61. Simon Tobin-Daignault, Canada (7) 5 silver + 2 bronze
  62. Chad Ho, South Africa (7) 2 gold + 2 silver + 3 bronze
  63. Karla Šitić, Croatia (7) 3 gold + 3 silver + 1 bronze
  64. Leonie Beck, Germany (7) 2 gold + 2 silver + 3 bronze
  65. David Meca, Spain (7) 2 gold + 4 silver + 1 bronze
  66. Maarten van der Weijden, Netherlands (6) 2 gold + 2 silver + 2 bronze
  67. David Davies, Great Britain (6) 3 silver + 3 bronze
  68. Richard Weinberger, Canada (6) 3 silver + 3 bronze
  69. Shelley Clark, Australia (6) 1 gold + 3 silver + 2 bronze
  70. Stéphane Gomez, France (6) 1 gold + 4 silver + 1 bronze
  71. Jana Pechanová, Czech Republic (6) 1 gold + 4 silver + 1 bronze
  72. Melissa Gorman, Australia (6) 1 gold + 1 silver + 4 bronze
  73. Ashley Twichell, USA (6) 2 gold + 2 silver + 2 bronze
  74. Federico Vanelli, Italy (6) 1 gold + 3 silver + 2 bronze
  75. Isabelle Härle, Germany (6) 2 gold + 1 silver + 3 bronze
  76. Xin Xin, China (6) 5 gold + 1 bronze
  77. Xavier Desharnais, Canada (5) 2 gold + 3 silver
  78. Philippe Guertin, Canada (5) 1 gold + 2 silver + 2 bronze
  79. Aleksey Akatyev, Russia (5) 2 gold + 1 silver + 2 bronze
  80. Mario Sanzullo, Italy (5) 1 gold + 3 silver + 1 bronze
  81. Yevgeny Bezruchenko, Russia (5) 1 gold + 3 silver + 1 bronze
  82. Mazen Aziz, Egypt (5) 1 gold + 2 silver + 2 bronze
  83. Sergey Bolshakov, Russia (5) 3 silver + 2 bronze
  84. Ky Hurst, Australia (5) 1 gold + 3 silver + 1 bronze
  85. Finnia Wunram, Germany (5) 1 gold + 1 silver + 3 bronze
  86. Chloe Sutton, USA (5) 1 gold + 2 silver + 2 bronze
  87. Rodolfo Valenti, Italy (5) 1 silver + 4 bronze
  88. Ivan Afanevich, Russia (5) 2 gold + 3 bronze
  89. Lara Grangeon de Villele, France (5) 5 bronze
  90. Igor Chervynskiy, Ukraine (4) 2 silver + 2 bronze
  91. Saleh Mohammad, Syria (4) 2 silver + 2 bronze
  92. Kalliopi Araouzou, Greece (4) 3 silver + 1 bronze
  93. Kirill Abrosimov, Russia (4) 1 gold + 1 silver + 2 bronze
  94. Swann Oberson, Switzerland (4) 2 gold + 1 silver + 1 bronze
  95. Andreína Pinto, Venezuela (4) 4 bronze
  96. Taylor Abbott, USA (3) 1 gold + 1 silver + 1 bronze
  97. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Australia (3) 1 gold + 1 silver + 1 bronze
  98. Mark Warkentin, USA (3) 1 silver + 2 bronze
  99. Francisco Jose Hervas Jodar, Spain (3) 1 gold + 2 bronze
  100. Rostislav Vítek, Czech Republic (3) 2 gold + 1 bronze
  101. Mohamed El Zanaty, Egypt (3) 1 gold + 2 bronze
  102. Cassandra Patten, Great Britain (3) 2 silver + 1 bronze
  103. Daniel Fogg, Great Britain (3) 1 gold + 2 bronze
  104. Kareena Lee, Australia (3) 1 silver + 2 bronze
  105. Josh Santacaterina, Australia (3) 1 gold + 2 silver
  106. Nicolas Masse-Savard, Canada (2) 1 silver + 1 bronze
  107. Christof Wandratsch, Germany (2) 1 gold + 1 silver
  108. Chad Hundeby, USA (2) 2 gold
  109. Ophelie Aspord, France (2) 2 bronze
  110. Anna Guseva, Russia (2) 1 silver + 1 bronze
  111. Yasunari Hirai, Japan (2) 1 silver + 1 bronze
  112. Anastasiia Krapivina, Russia (2) 2 silver
  113. Gabriel Chaillou, Argentina (2) 2 bronze
  114. Tom Allen, Great Britain (2) 1 gold + 1 bronze
  115. Gregory Streppel, Canada (1) 1 gold
  116. Stéphane Lecat, France (1) 1 bronze
  117. Karen Burton, USA (1) 1 bronze
  118. Marianna Lymperta, Greece (1) 1 bronze
  119. Yurema Requena, Spain (1) 1 bronze

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