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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
Hanover, 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
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 was named North Rhine-Westphalia Male Swimmer of the Year in Germany. He also won the award in 2016 and 2018. (swimpool.de, 27 Jan 2020)

 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