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Poul ZELLMANN
Sport Swimming
NOC Germany   
GenderMen
Born02 Sep 1995 in Potsdam, GER
Height1.81 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Essen, GER
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete
Languages
English, French, German
Higher education
Psychology - Ruhr University Bochum: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 10 after going on holiday with family friends, whose daughter was in a swimming club. He lost his swimming goggles before his first competition and had to borrow 'granny goggles' from a friend. "A friend's mother sometimes went swimming and was able to lend me her goggles. They were old, like granny goggles. But she saved me, even if I jumped into the pool and they immediately filled with water. Those goggles allowed me to swim in my first competition."
Why this sport?
"I come from a footballing family. My father and brother played football, but when my brother was injured, I took up swimming."
Club / Team
SG Essen: Germany
Name of coach
Nicole Endruschat [club], GER
Training Regime
He trains 26 to 28 hours a week. On most days he will do two sessions, including a two-hour morning session and a three-hour afternoon session.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
The first time he swam under two minutes in the 200m freestyle. "I can still remember the feeling when I touched the pad. I later bought photographs of myself celebrating and that was a really nice moment that I remember fondly. I still look at those photographs. They have helped me overcome some difficult training sessions." (Tinongo YouTube channel, 25 Jun 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he won the North Rhine-Westphalia Male Swimmer of the Year award in Germany. He also won the award in 2016 and 2018. (swimpool.de, 27 Jan 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (news.rub.de, 03 Dec 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:06.51
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Freestyle 1:47.65
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:07.65
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:48.67
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 3:50.88
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:11.03
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 1500m Freestyle 14:42.28 
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Freestyle 3:44.09
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Freestyle 1:46.93
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2018 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 3:48.97
20 2018 Glasgow, SCO 800m Freestyle 8:03.07
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:09.31
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
46 2018   Overall Ranking  
4 2018 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 3:44.04
3 2018 Eindhoven, NED 400m Freestyle 3:43.50
3 2018 Eindhoven, NED 1500m Freestyle 14:59.01
4 2018 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 3:43.00
40 2017   Overall  
4 2017 Beijing, CHN 400m Freestyle 3:41.47
3 2017 Singapore, SGP 400m Freestyle 3:41.32
2 2017 Singapore, SGP 1500m Freestyle 14:46.61
4 2016 Beijing, CHN 400m Freestyle 3:45.07
3 2016 Beijing, CHN 1500m Freestyle 14:45.80
3 2016 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 3:44.04
5 2016 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:24.87
4 2016 Berlin, GER 1500m Freestyle 14:57.44
4 2016 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 3:43.01
3 2016 Doha, QAT 1500m Freestyle 14:51.58
4 2016 Dubai, UAE 400m Freestyle 3:44.82
2 2016 Dubai, UAE 1500m Freestyle 14:46.87
4 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 400m Freestyle 3:45.30
5 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:48.15
3 2016 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 3:44.54
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 1500m Freestyle 14:59.78
5 2016 Paris, FRA 400m Freestyle 3:47.93
3 2016 Singapore, SGP 400m Freestyle 3:44.87
4 2016 Singapore, SGP 1500m Freestyle 14:53.89
4 2016 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 3:43.55
3 2016 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 14:46.60