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Annika BRUHN
Sport Swimming
NOC Germany   
GenderWomen
Born05 Oct 1992 in Karlsruhe, GER
Height1.83 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Neckarsulm, GER
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Health Studies - German University of Applied Sciences for Prevention and Health Management: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four.
Why this sport?
"I came to swimming through my parents as both of them were swimmers."
Club / Team
Neckarsulmer Sportunion: Germany
Name of coach
Matt Magee [club], AUS
Training Regime
She has 10 pool sessions a week and three strength training sessions. She swims between five and six kilometres per session, with two sessions per day at 07:00 and 16:00.
General Interest
Hobbies
Meeting with friends, relaxing, going on holiday. (team-tokio-mrn.de, 01 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's what you do in the dark, that puts you in the light." (Instagram profile, 31 Mar 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2018 and 2019 she was named female Unterlander Athlete of the Year by the Sporthilfe Unterland non-profit organisation and the Heilbronner Stimme newspaper in Germany. (stimme.de, 31 Jan 2020)
Famous relatives
Her uncle Jurgen Bruhn is a former swimmer and was a national champion in the Federal Republic of Germany in the 200m breaststroke in 1979 and 1980. Her sister Meike won gold at the 2009 German Junior Athletics Championships in Rhede in the 4x400m relay. (archiv.wlv-sport.de, 09 Aug 2009; dsv.de, 22 Aug 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (stimme.de, 18 Oct 2020; swp.de, 06 Aug 2019)
Other information
ANCHOR FAN
She enjoys the responsibility of swimming the anchor leg [final position] of a relay race. She anchored the German mixed 4x200m freestyle relay to victory at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. "As the final swimmer you always have to have your nerves under control. That is one of my strengths. You have to be able to give everything in the relay, even if you're behind. Whoever swims first or last, can decide a race. I enjoy being the final swimmer, as I need to push my limits, and if I am the last swimmer, I know that there are three people on the pool deck firing me on. They want a medal as much as I do, and that really pushes you." (Stimmetv YouTube channel, 13 Jun 2019; swp.de, 06 Aug 2019)

FROM NATIONALS TO OLYMPIC GAMES
She competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London before she had competed at another major international competition. "That was really crazy. I had never been to a world championships or a European championships. I went directly from the German nationals to competing at the [2012] Olympics. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but it was really cool to experience it." (regio-tv.de, 02 May 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
14 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:57.62
10 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.19
Heats 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:53.89
11 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:00.16
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle 1:58.48
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:39.07
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:55.63
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 55.75
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:41.56
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:01.48
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.13
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Freestyle 53.75
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:55.31
6 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.27
8 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:38.70
7 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:46.36
6 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:54.15
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
20 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Freestyle 53.99 
7 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:48.22
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:48.85
8 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:34.71
8 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.29
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle DNS
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Freestyle 2:00.22
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:28.43
8 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:39.37
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:45.82
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:53.76
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:26.59
7 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:01.10
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:04.81
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Freestyle 1:53.48
Semifinal 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 53.11
16 2010 Eindhoven, NED 200m Freestyle 1:59.59
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2021 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 53.86
8 2021 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:56.38
2 2021 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:32.32
1 2021 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.17
3 2021 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 28.42
4 2021 Doha, QAT 100m Individual Medley 1:01.62
7 2021 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 24.92
3 2021 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:56.29
5 2021 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 53.97
5 2013 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:56.39
6 2013 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:41.06