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Thomas LURZ
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Germany   
GenderMen
Born28 Nov 1979 in Würzburg, FRG
Height1.83 m
Weight 74 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Annette
Residence
Würzburg, GER
Occupation
Human Resources, Student
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Social Work Studies - FH Wurzburg / Otto Beisheim School of Management: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1988 in Wurzburg, Germany.
Why this sport?
He was influenced by his brother.
International Debut
Year
2001
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Fukuoka
General Interest
Nicknames
Thomsen, Panzer, Tommy (Athlete, 23 Feb 2007)
Hero / Idol
German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher, German footballer Franz Beckenbauer. (Athlete, 23 Feb 2007)
Injuries
He had an operation on his tonsils in December 2010. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 30 Apr 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (freiwasserschwimmen.de, 01 Nov 2006)
Awards and honours
He was named the International Swimming Federation [FINA] 2013 Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year. (insidethegames.biz, 06 Jan 2014)

He was named the 2013 and 2014 Male European Open Water Swimmer of the Year by the European Swimming Federation [LEN]. (swimswam.com, 02 Dec 2013; 05 Feb 2015)

In 2011 he was decorated with the Bavarian Sport Award [Bayerischer Sportpreis] for his outstanding athletic achievements. (svw05.de, 12 Jul 2011)

In 2010 FINA Aquatics World Magazine selected him as its Male Open Water Swimmer of the Decade. (dailynewsofopenwaterswimming.com, 23 Mar 2010)

He was named Swimming World Magazine's Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2006. (thomas-lurz.de, 01 Feb 2006)
Other sports
He used to be a pool swimmer, competing in the 1500m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (fina.org, 10 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
He is coached by his brother Stefan. His father Peter was the German Swimming Association's team manager. (1asport.de, 31 Aug 2006)

His sister-in-law Annika Lurz has also been a member of the German national swimming team. (1asport, 26 Jan 2007)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from competitive swimming in May 2015 to concentrate on working as a sports ambassador and in the human resources department at fashion company s.Oliver. He is also involved in the running of his former club SV 05 Wurzburg. "It is not easy to quit something in which one was the best in the world. But such decisions belong to in order to evolve." (Facebook profile, 02 Jan 2016; thomas-lurz.de, 02 Jan 2016)

AUTHOR
He published a book titled "Auf der Erfoldswelle schwimmen" ["Float on the Wave of Success"]. It is aimed at young readers and gives them tips on how to be successful in life. (thomas-lurz.de, 11 Aug 2013)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
22 2004 Athens, GRE 1500m Freestyle 15:33.81 
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 1500m Freestyle 15:11.26
Heats 2003 Barcelona, ESP 1500m Freestyle 15:17.85
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 15:17.75
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
10 2006 Helsinki, FIN 1500m Freestyle 14:50.30
4 2003 Dublin, IRL 1500m Freestyle 14:47.54
5 2002 Riesa, GER 1500m Freestyle 14:57.54
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2002/2003 Berlin, GER 1500m Freestyle 14:56.50
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:49:14.5
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 53:32.2
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km 4:47:27.0
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km - Team Time Trial 52:54.9
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 56:16.6
  2011 Shanghai, CHN 25km  DNS
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 1:54:27.2
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km - Team Time Trial 57:44.2
1 2009 Rome, ITA 5 km 56:26.9
1 2009 Rome, ITA 10km 1:52:06.9
1 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 5km 56:49.6
2 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 10km 1:55:32.58
1 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN 5km 51:17.2
2 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN 10km 1:46:45.2
13 2001 Fukuoka, JPN 5km 57:11
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2014 Berlin, GER 5 km 54:02.6
2 2014 Berlin, GER 10km 1:49:59.0
3 2014 Berlin, GER 5km - Team Time Trial 56:14.8
10 2012 Piombino, ITA 10km 1:57:59.5
4 2012 Piombino, ITA 5 km 55:07.8
3 2012 Piombino, ITA 5km - Team Time Trial 1:00:42.5
1 2011 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:53:18.2
6 2011 Eilat, ISR 5 km 54:35.3
5 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 5 km 59:20.3
1 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:54:22.5
4 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 5km - Team Time Trial 1:00:13.5
1 2008 Dubrovnik, CRO 10km 1:52:48.9
3 2008 Dubrovnik, CRO 5 km 54:04.3
3 2008 Dubrovnik, CRO 5km - Team Time Trial 57:30.0
1 2006 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:58:12.1
1 2006 Budapest, HUN 5km 56:00.1 
2 2002 Berlin, GER 5km 56:24.5
4 2002 Berlin, GER 10km 1:56:31.7
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
19 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:58:29.6
2 2014   10km  
1 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:56:44
5 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:56:16.0
2 2014 Lac Magoc, QC, CAN 10km 1:55:10.90
2 2014 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:53:00.21
3 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:52:07.5
1 2013   10km  
7 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:53:38.7
2 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:56:40.20
1 2012 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:57:16.51
2 2012 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:52:36.25
1 2011   10km  
2 2011 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:53:59
1 2011 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:58:16.70
1 2011 Santos, BRA 10km 2:06:05.77
3 2011 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:40:36.9
1 2011 Shantou, CHN 10km 1:54:22.95
2 2010 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:04:21.50
1 2010 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:01:05.6
1 2009   10km  
1 2009 Annecy, FRA 10km 1:52:08.87
1 2009 Copenhagen, DEN 10km 1:57:40
1 2009 Dubai, UAE 10km 1:44:53.20
1 2009 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:58:22.5
1 2009 New York, NY, USA 10km 1:47:41.5
1 2009 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:55:10.98
1 2009 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:34:16.50
1 2009 Shantou, CHN 10km 2:03:15.19
2 2009 Sharjah, UAE 10km 1:49:15.56
1 2009 Varna, BUL 10km 2:01:31.54
1 2008 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:52:23.31
1 2008 Dubai, UAE 10km 1:48:53.06
2 2008 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:54:10.95
20 2007   10km  
1 2007 Seville, ESP 10km 1:51:49.10