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Leonie BECK
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Germany   
Born27 May 1997 in Augsburg, GER
Height1.84 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Würzburg, GER
English, German
Higher education
Media and Communications - University of Wurzburg: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began taking swimming seriously at age 11 when she moved to Wurzburg, Germany.
Why this sport?
As a medical doctor, her father saw first-hand what could happen if children did not know how to swim, so he enrolled his children for swimming classes at an early age. Her grandparents also had a swimming pool, giving her father another reason to encourage his children to take up swimming.
Club / Team
SV Wurzburg : Germany
Name of coach
Nikolai Evseev [club], RUS
General Interest
Travelling, computers, driving. (Facebook page, 17 Jul 2019; dhg-sportklasse.de, 01 Sep 2018)
Hero / Idol
German open water swimmer Thomas Lurz. (schwimm-dm.de, 01 Jun 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2015 she was named an Athlete of the City of Wurzburg, Germany. (Facebook page, 02 Feb 2020)
Other sports
She competed in pool swimming at the world championships in 2013 and 2015, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Jul 2019; welt.de, 17 Jul 2019)
To improve on her performance from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. (mainpost.de, 26 Jul 2020)
Other information
She competed in the 800m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and failed to progress from her heat, which contributed to her decision to switch to open water swimming. "I always qualified for the highest competitions, for the world championships, European championships and the Olympics, but it never went well. After Rio, I asked myself how it should go on, whether I should stop. I didn't want to train so hard, just to be eighth or ninth. My abilities in the pool were exhausted at some point. It never went as well as I hoped. That's why I switched to open water in 2016, which initially didn't go that well. But it got better and better and I persevered and absolutely wanted to do it. At first I didn't know how to behave at the start, on the buoys or in general. Those who say that only those who fail in the pool move to open water are wrong. This is a completely different sport." (rio.sportschau.de, 11 Aug 2018; Mainpost.de, 16 Apr 2019; tvmainfranken.de, 09 Jan 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:47.47
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 1500m Freestyle 16:13.73
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:28.39
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 1500m Freestyle 16:17.12
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
20 2014 Doha, QAT 800m Freestyle 8:31.96
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 4:08.15
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:43.54
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 1500m Freestyle 16:37.84
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2013 Herning, DEN 800m Freestyle 8:18.78
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 400m Freestyle 4:05.34
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Freestyle 1:57.90
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2013 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:21.17
6 2013 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:03.22
5 2012 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:36.10
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:54:51.0
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km 57:58.0
24 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km 1:01:26.4
8 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 55:41.8
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Budakalász, HUN 5km 58:57.2
  2021 Budakalász, HUN 10km  DNS
2 2021 Budakalász, HUN 5km - Team Relay 54:18.0
9 2018 Glasgow, SCO 10km 1:57:32.6
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 5km 56:17.8
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 5km - Team Relay 52:35.6
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021   10km  
4 2021 Doha, QAT 10km 2:01:32.8
  2020   10km  
1 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:56:41.1
8 2019   10km  
3 2019 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:58:46.8
5 2019 Doha, QAT 10km 2:03:55.8
4 2018   10km  
10 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:00:35.9
21 2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:07:47.10
4 2018 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:58:35.50
2 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 2:02:25.2
2 2018 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:06:23.40
6 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:05:50.75
10 2017   10km  
29 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:55:03.8
4 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:02:14.8
8 2017 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:38:26.4