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Yannick LEBHERZ
Sport Swimming
NOC Germany   
GenderMen
Born13 Jan 1989 in Darmstadt, FRG
Height1.94 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Sophia Auer, daughters Emilia [2015], Aurora [2018]
Residence
Potsdam, GER
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Communications, Politics - Free University of Berlin: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at a young age.
Why this sport?
His father was involved in the sport.
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching football, media, politics. (Twitter profile, 07 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 200m backstroke and silver in the 400m individual medley at the 2010 European Short Course Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (yannicklebherz.de, 18 Oct 2014)
Injuries
He fell from his bicycle and sustained a knee injury prior to the 2018 European Championships. (main-spitze.de, 09 Nov 2018)

He suffered from angina in May 2016. He was unable to train fully or perform at his best at the German championships and missed out on selection for the 2016 Olympic Games. (pnn.de, 09 May 2016)

He was unable to compete at the 2015 German Championships in Berlin, Germany, due to a sural nerve [leg] injury. (echo-online.de, 27 May 2015; sportal.de, 26 May 2015)

In December 2011 he tore the meniscus in his right knee. He recovered in time to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. (faz.net, 11 May 2012)
Awards and honours
He and his teammates at the Potsdamer SV club were named the 2015 Sports Team of the Year in the state of Brandenburg, Germany. (lsb-brandenburg.de, 13 Dec 2015)

He was named the 2011 Athlete of the Year in the state of Hesse, Germany. (swim.de, 27 Sep 2011)

He was named the 2007 Newcomer of the Year in the state of Hesse, Germany. (journal-frankfurt.de, 30 Sep 2007)
Famous relatives
His partner Sophia Auer swum at national level. His father Thomas Lebherz represented Germany in swimming, winning gold in the 4x100m medley relay at the 1985 European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. (Twitter profile, 11 Feb 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 07 Aug 2017; pnn.de, 01 Feb 2012; schwaebische.de, 26 Nov 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He decided to withdraw from the national team at the end of 2017/18 season and stay competing as club athlete with Potsdamer SV. "I just never had the opportunity to show again what might really be possible. It's easy to stop here. I will stay as a club athlete and enthusiastic spectator, because swimming will always be fun for all my life." (Facebook page, 19 Nov 2018; swim.de, 16 Nov 2018; main-spitze.de, 09 Nov 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
15 2012 London, ENG 200m Backstroke 1:58.80
11 2012 London, ENG 400m Individual Medley 4:15.41
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Backstroke 1:57.71
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 400m Individual Medley 4:16.23
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:10.07
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:58.56
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:17.31
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
Semifinal 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Individual Medley 1:59.54
5 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:03.19
21 2009 Rome, ITA 400m Individual Medley 4:18.43 
Semifinal 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Backstroke 1:58.01
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Backstroke 1:53.40
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Freestyle 48.19
3 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 6:53.22
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2014 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:16.17
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:48.70
1 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:09.00
Heats 2012 Debrecen, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:20.34
5 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:58.39
5 2010 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:15.72 
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:03.45
7 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:58.87
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Backstroke 1:54.35
  2011 Szczecin, POL 400m Individual Medley  DNS
2 2010 Eindhoven, NED 400m Individual Medley 4:05.08
1 2010 Eindhoven, NED 200m Backstroke 1:51.74
12 2008 Rijeka, CRO 400m Individual Medley 4:15.71
14 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Backstroke 1:56.36
21 2006 Helsinki, FIN 200m Backstroke 2:00.64
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2012 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:14.92
8 2012 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 3:50.60
5 2012 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:47.03
5 2012 Berlin, GER 200m Backstroke 1:55.64
6 2012 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:36.27
  2012 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Medley Relay  DSQ
3 2008 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:16.54
3 2008 Durban, RSA 200m Backstroke 1:56.13
3 2008 Singapore, SGP 400m Individual Medley 4:17.16