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Kyle STOLK
Sport Swimming
NOC Netherlands   
GenderMen
Born28 Jun 1996 in Edenvale, RSA
Height1.86 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Student
Languages
Dutch, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven in Durban, South Africa.
Why this sport?
"I loved to be in the water and enjoyed the competition."
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Coach Marcel Wouda. (telegraaf.nl, 24 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammed Ali. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In December 2021 he announced his retirement from competitive sport. "As a starting swimmer at seven years old, I could have only dreamed of everything I've achieved in my swimming career. Fast forward 18 years [speaking in 2021] and dreams have [mostly] become reality. It's been an incredible ride with loads of ups and a lot of downs. I've met amazing people along the way, made plenty of memories, seen the world and grown as a person. Now it is time for some changes. My swimming career is officially over! Hello retirement." (Facebook page, 31 Dec 2021)

FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO NETHERLANDS
Born in South Africa, at age 11 he moved to Ireland with his family. At the end of 2010 his family relocated to the Netherlands. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)

EARLY DAYS
He lost confidence in swimming when he first moved to the Netherlands. "I thought too much. That stopped my development. Coach Marcel [Wouda] told stories about his own past. That really helped me. I no longer worry about anything. If anything, I let it slip off my shoulders instead of worrying about it. Only in this way can I enjoy swimming." (telegraaf.nl, 24 Jul 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:09.10
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Freestyle 49.20
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:23.48
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:47.71
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
8 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:12.76
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:21.81
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:48.96
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:09.75
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Individual Medley 53.31 
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Freestyle 1:45.53
31 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Freestyle 48.33 
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Individual Medley 1:57.30
6 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
5 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:25.22
6 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:09.87
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Freestyle 1:48.63
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 49.32
6 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:32.39
7 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:13.46
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:23.97
6 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:14.60
Heats 2016 London, ENG 200m Freestyle 1:48.83
Heats 2016 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 49.89
1 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
1 2016 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:07.82
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Individual Medley 51.99
5 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Freestyle 1:44.03 
6 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Individual Medley 1:54.75
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Freestyle 47.55
7 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:33.76
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:28.39
4 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:24.61
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
36 2018   Overall Ranking  
4 2018 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 50.22
2 2018 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:49.45
1 2018 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:30.81
5 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Individual Medley 52.72
8 2018 Eindhoven, NED 50m Freestyle 21.72
5 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 47.02
6 2018 Eindhoven, NED 200m Freestyle 1:44.18
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:29.90
3 2018 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:49.67
4 2018 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 49.74
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:27.42
47 2017   Overall  
3 2017 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.99
3 2017 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.97
6 2017 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:42.81
7 2017 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 47.13
4 2017 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 1:55.27
4 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 48.36
7 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Individual Medley 54.11
3 2017 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:45.77
5 2017 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 1:58.78
8 2017 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 22.42
1 2017 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:32.20
4 2017 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 47.21
3 2017 Eindhoven, NED 100m Individual Medley 52.18
5 2017 Eindhoven, NED 200m Individual Medley 1:56.24
6 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Freestyle 48.13
6 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Individual Medley 53.95
7 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:24.60
4 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:45.86
6 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Individual Medley 1:59.54
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:32.11
7 2017 Singapore, SGP 100m Individual Medley 53.36
2 2017 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:29.97
3 2017 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.80
7 2017 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:46.23
2 2017 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.70