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Sport Swimming
NOC Germany   
Born15 Aug 1991 in Erlangen, GER
Height1.90 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Partner Nadine Laemmler
Neckarsulm, GER
Athlete, Engineer
English, German
Higher education
Industrial Engineering - University of Missouri: Columbia, MO, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in swimming at age eight and started competing in 2004.
Why this sport?
His parents both played volleyball so he tried that sport, as well as football, but at age eight he decided he wanted to do something different. His younger sister was swimming, so he went along to training with her and the coaches noticed his potential. "The coaches who were responsible for the young children thought that I could swim really fast, but with poor technique."
Club / Team
Neckarsulmer Sport-Union: Germany
Name of coach
Christian Hirschmann [club]
General Interest
Fabi (Facebook page, 01 Dec 2019)
Wakeboarding, mountain biking, skiing, cooking, spending time with his girlfriend. (team-tokio-mrn.de, 01 Jan 2019)
He missed the 2019 German Short Course National Championships in Berlin through illness. (stimmt.de, 18 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2019 Unterlander Sportsman of the Year in Germany in a poll organised by a regional paper. (stimme.de, 30 Jan 2020)

In 2011 and 2017 he was named Nurnberg Athlete of the Year in a poll organised by city officials. (fcn-schwimmen.de, 27 Nov 2017)
Famous relatives
His father Christian played volleyball in the German first division and has coached the sport in Germany. His partner Nadine Laemmler has represented Germany in swimming, including at the 2021 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Dec 2021; stimme.de, 20 Apr 2021; sv-schwaig-volleyball.de, 01 Jun 2017)
Other information
He moved to Western Kentucky University [WKU] in the United States of America in the 2013/14 academic year, and represented WKU for two seasons. In 2015/16 he moved to the University of Missouri, where he swam for two seasons before returning to Germany in 2017. In 2016 he became the first University of Missouri swimmer to win an NCAA title when he claimed victory in the 100 yard breaststroke. He also finished third in the 200 yard breaststroke the same year, to record the two highest finishes by a University of Missouri male swimmer in the programme's history. "They [Missouri] had an upcoming programme and had success with breaststroke swimmers. When I got there, I had fun swimming again, because you are a team. And training is like a competition. You can't hide, every day you have to give your best. And that leads to improvement." (rnf.de, 23 Nov 2019; Mizzou Made Student Athlete Book, 04 Feb 2018; Swimming World YouTube channel 26 Mar 2016; themaneater.com, 09 Sep 2015)

He has been in a long-term relationship with German swimmer Nadine Laemmler since about 2010. She also studied at Western Kentucky University between 2013 and 2015 before moving to the University of Missouri in 2015/16 with him. "At times it is a challenge being with another athlete. We want to have a life outside sport, but if one of us suggests we go out, then the other might say, 'I am too exhausted'. Of course, that can lead to some unhappiness. But at the same time, it also helps because the other person knows how you feel, as they have felt the same at times." (Sportlerherzen YouTube Channel, 14 Jul 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
10 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 59.32
10 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.19
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Breaststroke 1:00.12
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:32.86
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:45.07
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Breaststroke 2:05.31
5 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Breaststroke 26.16
5 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Breaststroke 56.29
7 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Breaststroke 26.12
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Breaststroke 57.21
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:31.80
6 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.35
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 1:00.88
7 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Breaststroke 27.29
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:45.82
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:33.52
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Breaststroke 56.95
4 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Breaststroke 25.99
6 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Breaststroke 2:04.67 
4 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.83
5 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:32.38
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2021   Overall Ranking  
2 2021 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 56.83
3 2021 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:05.37
2 2021 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 26.13
1 2021 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.17
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 56.64
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:05.84
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 26.41
2 2021 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 56.63
3 2021 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 26.17
4 2021 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:04.21
5 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:03.60
2 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 56.16
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 25.88
4 2019 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:53.41
7 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Breaststroke 58.15
7 2018 Eindhoven, NED 50m Breaststroke 26.71
7 2017 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 57.57