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Moniek NIJHUIS
Sport Swimming
NOC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Born20 Mar 1988 in Losser, NED
Height1.79 m
Weight 67 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Overdinkel, NED
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Business, Economics - University of Amsterdam: Netherlands
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four at Zwemclub Losser in the Netherlands. In the first grade of secondary school, she was asked to join a training squad.
Why this sport?
"The first reason to learn swimming was for my safety in the water. But I liked it so much that I started to train at a local club. Swimming became my passion."
International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
European Short Course Championships
Location
Dublin, IRL
General Interest
Nicknames
Mo (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Hobbies
Reading books, painting, shopping, spending time with friends. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 50m breaststroke at the 2009 European Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, winning two bronze medals at the 2014 World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar, and making the final of the 4x100m medley relay at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't dream your life, live your dreams." (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from swimming in November 2016. "The fire to be 100% committed to swimming is not there anymore. Then you must be honest with yourself and determine a new course." (monieknijhuis.nl, 14 Nov 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
20 2012 London, ENG 100m Breaststroke 1:08.31
6 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.28
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 30.99
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 1:08.27
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Breaststroke 1:07.77
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Breaststroke 31.31
7 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Breaststroke 31.33
8 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.97
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Breaststroke 1:08.02
4 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Breaststroke 30.46
13 2005 Montreal, CAN 50m Breaststroke 32.61 
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:21.16
3 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 29.64
3 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 1:04.03
Semifinal 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Breaststroke 30.56
8 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Breaststroke 1:05.99
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Breaststroke 2:23.92
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 30.64
5 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 1:07.64
4 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:58.33
4 2010 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 31.41 
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:10.92
6 2008 Eindhoven, NED 50m Breaststroke 32.14
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 100m Breaststroke 1:11.28
6 2006 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 32.27
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:12.13
5 2006 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:06.18
4 2004 Madrid, ESP 50m Breaststroke 32.09
10 2004 Madrid, ESP 100m Breaststroke 1:11.02
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Breaststroke 30.09
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Breaststroke 1:05.21
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Breaststroke  DNS
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.85
3 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Breaststroke 29.79
5 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Breaststroke 1:05.23
1 2010 Eindhoven, NED 100m Breaststroke 1:06.20
2 2010 Eindhoven, NED 50m Breaststroke 30.45
1 2010 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.98
1 2009 Istanbul, TUR 50m Breaststroke 29.68
2 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Breaststroke 1:04.96
1 2009 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.69
3 2008 Rijeka, CRO 50m Breaststroke 30.45
6 2008 Rijeka, CRO 100m Breaststroke 1:06.63
1 2008 Rijeka, CRO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.73
12 2007 Debrecen, HUN 50m Breaststroke 31.51
21 2007 Debrecen, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:09.19
11 2006 Helsinki, FIN 100m Breaststroke 1:08.51
4 2006 Helsinki, FIN 50m Breaststroke 31.28
7 2005 Trieste, ITA 50m Breaststroke 31.59
1 2005 Trieste, ITA 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:47.44
10 2004 Vienna, AUT 50m Breaststroke 31.81
22 2004 Vienna, AUT 100m Breaststroke 1:10.17
1 2004 Vienna, AUT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:48.21
11 2003 Dublin, IRL 100m Breaststroke 1:08.78
5 2003 Dublin, IRL 50m Breaststroke 31.28
3 2003 Dublin, IRL 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:49.10
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2013 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 1:06.07
3 2013 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 30.40
5 2013 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:25.54
4 2013 Dubai, UAE 100m Breaststroke 1:06.77
3 2013 Dubai, UAE 200m Breaststroke 2:25.42
4 2013 Dubai, UAE 50m Breaststroke 30.55
3 2013 Eindhoven, NED 100m Breaststroke 1:04.92
2 2013 Eindhoven, NED 50m Breaststroke 29.95
5 2009 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 30.08 NR
3 2009 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 1:04.56 NR