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Swann OBERSON
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Switzerland   
GenderWomen
Born26 Jul 1986 in Geneva, SUI
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Geneva, SUI
Languages
English, French, German, Italian
Higher education
Sports Science - University of Lausanne: Switzerland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She was only a few months old when she first entered a pool.
Why this sport?
Her family went on a world cruise and she learned how to swim before leaving.
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Swimmers Larisa Ilchenko, Keri Anne Payne and Angela Maurer. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 25 Sep 2011)
Injuries
She suffered a shoulder injury in 2014 that continued into 2015 and kept her out of action from January 2015 to June 2015. (teamgeneve.ch, 28 Jul 2015; 13 Sep 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from the sport in April 2016. (srf.ch, 05 Apr 2016)

DUAL CITIZENSHIP
She has both French and Swiss citizenship. (swann-oberson.com, 25 Jan 2008)

NATIONAL FIRST
She became the first Swiss open water world champion when she triumphed in the 5km event at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 21 Jul 2011)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 800m Freestyle 8:44.93
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 1500m Freestyle 16:44.08
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2008 Eindhoven, NED 1500m Freestyle 16:31.81
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 400m Freestyle 4:17.54
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:14.27
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
10 2010 Eindhoven, NED 800m Freestyle 8:36.82
19 2010 Eindhoven, NED 400m Freestyle 4:15.31
30 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Freestyle 2:00.52
13 2008 Rijeka, CRO 800m Freestyle 8:32.39
22 2008 Rijeka, CRO 400m Freestyle 4:12.01
12 2007 Debrecen, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:38.07
26 2007 Debrecen, HUN 200m Freestyle 2:01.48
20 2007 Debrecen, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:12.71
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2007 Moscow, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:37.51
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
23 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 57:26.8
9 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 2:02:16.4
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 1:00:39.7
16 2009 Rome, ITA 5 km 57:55.1
  2009 Rome, ITA 10km  DNF
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
12 2011 Eilat, ISR 10km 2:00:42.7
4 2011 Eilat, ISR 5 km 57:48.0
10 2008 Dubrovnik, CRO 5km - Team Time Trial 1:00:36.5
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
24 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:08:56.50
15 2015 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:04:52
16 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:16:12
11 2012 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:10:34.62
8 2011 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:02:04
9 2010 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:11:38.60
5 2009   10km  
7 2009 Annecy, FRA 10km 1:59:28.00
5 2009 Dubai, UAE 10km 1:52:43.78
3 2009 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:07:25.4
6 2009 Shantou, CHN 10km 2:13:20.99
6 2009 Sharjah, UAE 10km 1:58:34.65
6 2009 Varna, BUL 10km 2:16:18.82
69 2007   10km