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Franziska HENTKE
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Germany   
GenderWomen
Born04 Jun 1989 in Wolfen, GDR
Height1.73 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Magdeburg, GER
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete
Languages
English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim in 1995 and joined her first club in 1996.
Why this sport?
Her parents wanted her to be involved in a sport. She was rejected following a ballet audition before being taken to kindergarten swim classes which she enjoyed, so her parents signed her up to a club.
Club / Team
SC Magdeburg: Germany
Name of coach
Bernd Berkhahn [club, national], GER
General Interest
Nicknames
Franzi (Instagram profile, 07 Jun 2021)
Hobbies
Cycling, spending time outdoors. (volksstimme.de, 20 Aug 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 200m butterfly at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (Facebook page, 02 Dec 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Bernd Berkhahn. (welt.de, 28 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
German swimmer Franziska van Almsick. (swp.de, 07 Aug 2015)
Injuries
She sustained a foot ligament injury during the podium ceremony of the 200m butterfly event at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (sport1.de, 29 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A person who fights can lose. A person who doesn't fight has already lost." (scm-schwimmen.de, 05 Jun 2013)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2017 Sportswoman of the Year in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. (mdr.de, 08 Dec 2017)

She was chosen as the 2017 Sportswoman of the Year in Magdeburg, Germany. (volksstimme.de, 30 Nov 2017)

In 2017 she was presented with the Ehrennadel [Badge of Honour] in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany. (mz-web.de, 22 May 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. After retiring from competitive swimming, she wants to become a physiotherapist. (dsv-roadtotokyo.de, 01 Jun 2020; sportbuzzer.de, 06 Aug 2019)
Other information
RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
In 2019 she said she planned to retire after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. When the Games were postponed until 2021, she said she would continue for another year with the aim of competing in Tokyo. "With the Games being postponed, one thing is certain for me, I want to experience the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021." (volksstimme.de, 20 Aug 2020; Instagram profile, 24 Mar 2020; sportbuzzer.de, 06 Aug 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
13 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 2:10.89
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Butterfly 2:07.67
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Individual Medley 4:43.32
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Butterfly 2:07.30
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:05.39
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:43.51
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Butterfly 2:06.78
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Butterfly 2:07.87
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:03.89
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 58.58
8 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.29
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Butterfly 2:07.75
7 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2016 London, ENG 200m Butterfly 2:07.23
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:44.87
6 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 2:08.93
5 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:09.01
Heats 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Butterfly 1:00.12
6 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:09.01 
Semifinal 2008 Eindhoven, NED 200m Butterfly 2:11.37
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Butterfly 2:03.92
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Butterfly 58.94
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Butterfly 2:03.01
7 2015 Netanya, ISR 400m Individual Medley 4:34.50
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Individual Medley 2:11.24
Semifinal 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Butterfly 57.78
2 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Butterfly 2:03.47
8 2013 Herning, DEN 400m Individual Medley 4:35.10
9 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Butterfly 58.82
6 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
4 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Butterfly 2:04.95
8 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Butterfly 58.41
3 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Butterfly 2:04.68
18 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Butterfly 2:12.84
15 2007 Debrecen, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:13.69
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
49 2018   Overall Ranking  
3 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 2:03.73
5 2018 Tokyo, JPN 400m Individual Medley 4:31.66
7 2018 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:30.36
15 2017   Overall  
2 2017 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:06.30
6 2017 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:35.96
6 2017 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 58.01
2 2017 Eindhoven, NED 200m Butterfly 2:04.28
5 2017 Eindhoven, NED 400m Individual Medley 4:38.03
1 2017 Moscow, RUS 200m Butterfly 2:03.43
5 2017 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 57.84
5 2017 Singapore, SGP 800m Freestyle 8:36.73
3 2017 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 2:06.22
5 2017 Singapore, SGP 400m Individual Medley 4:37.98
7 2016 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:59.13
1 2016 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:22.83
1 2016 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 2:04.06
6 2016 Paris, FRA 100m Butterfly 58.87
1 2016 Paris, FRA 800m Freestyle 8:24.66
19 2014   Overall  
7 2014 Beijing, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:40.20
6 2014 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:10.00
5 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 59.74
4 2014 Doha, QAT 800m Freestyle 8:38.87
3 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:04.55
6 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Individual Medley 1:01.82
3 2014 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 58.09
5 2014 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 2:11.13
2 2014 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:06.07
6 2014 Dubai, UAE 400m Freestyle 4:21.43
7 2014 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 59.70
7 2014 Singapore, SGP 200m Individual Medley 2:12.56
8 2014 Singapore, SGP 400m Individual Medley 4:40.87
2 2014 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 2:05.84
3 2014 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 2:05.61
3 2013 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:06.34
6 2013 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 57.92
4 2013 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 2:04.33
6 2013 Singapore, SGP 800m Freestyle 8:40.15
1 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 2:04.42
3 2013 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 2:04.97
3 2007 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 2:06.68