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Marco KOCH
Sport Swimming
NOC Germany   
GenderMen
Born25 Jan 1990 in Darmstadt, FRG
Height1.85 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Darmstadt, GER
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Economics, Psychology - SRH Fernhochschule: Riedlingen, GER
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age eight in the Odenwald region of Germany.
Why this sport?
He followed his brother into the sport. "When I was eight years old, I went swimming for the first time. My brother had been in the swimming club for a long time and he enjoyed swimming a lot, which made me curious."
Club / Team
SG Frankfurt: Germany
Name of coach
Shila Sheth [national], fr.de, 03 Feb 2021; Dirk Lange [personal], GER, from 2019
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing video games, bouldering, cycling, listening to music. (hessischer-schwimm-verband.de, 24 May 2020)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (t-online.de, 23 Aug 2016)
Injuries
He sustained a spinal disc injury in 2011 and missed that year's world championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (faz.net, 25 May 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"When travelling to competitions or training camps, I always have my own pillow in my suitcase so I can sleep better in the hotel." (hessischer-schwimm-verband.de, 24 May 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm in my comfort zone in the water as swimming is my passion. I enjoy every second. The water unlocks my full potential. It carries and leads me. Water makes me feel great." (marco-koch.org, 20 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named 2016 German Male Swimmer of the Year by the website SwimSwam in its Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 22 Dec 2016)

He was named Athlete of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the state of Hessen in Germany. (echo-online.de, 12 Oct 2015, 29 Sep 2014; hessischer-schwimm-verband.de, 29 Sep 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal in the 200m breaststroke at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (hessischer-schwimm-verband.de, 24 May 2020)
Other information
RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
He has considered retiring after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I will probably swim until the 2020 Olympics. But it is not like I am saying I will definitely quit after Tokyo. I will keep swimming as long as I enjoy it." After the Games were postponed until 2021, he said he would make the most of the additional time to prepare. "I will use the extra year that I have as more leeway to further eliminate my weaknesses. There are always still 1000 things you can work on. I'm no less optimistic about the Olympics than I would have been this year [2020]." (hessischer-schwimm-verband.de, 24 May 2020; dsv.de, 03 Dec 2019; fr.de, 04 Apr 2019)

NEW COACH
In late 2019 he changed coach and joined Dirk Lange's training group, having previously worked with Henning Lambertz. "I have known Dirk Lange for a very long time and we have worked together successfully in the past. I want to work towards the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo with Dirk. There were a few differences that Henning and I had when it came to training planning. I listened to my gut and chose to make a change." (hessischer-schwimm-verband.de, 24 May 2020; stimme.de, 29 Dec 2019; fr.de, 29 Jul 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
20 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:10.18
7 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Breaststroke 2:08.00
7 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
13 2012 London, ENG 200m Breaststroke 2:10.73
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Breaststroke 2:07.60
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:09.61
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:46.03
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:07.76
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Breaststroke 2:08.54
Semifinal 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Breaststroke 2:09.44
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:01.42
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Breaststroke 57.39
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:22.17
1 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Breaststroke 2:01.21 
1 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Breaststroke 56.77
2 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:01.91
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 57.47
8 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:23.37
7 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Breaststroke 2:03.68
Semifinal 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Breaststroke 58.43
4 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Breaststroke 2:05.15
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Breaststroke 59.02
Heats 2008 Manchester, ENG 200m Breaststroke 2:11.94
Heats 2008 Manchester, ENG 100m Breaststroke 1:01.85
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:10.03
2 2016 London, ENG 200m Breaststroke 2:08.40
1 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:07.47
4 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:47.61
4 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:33.92
2 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:09.26
4 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:00.99
7 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:12.14
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:01.95
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Breaststroke 2:02.87
Semifinal 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 57.76
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Breaststroke 2:01.52 
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Breaststroke 58.67
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Individual Medley  DNS
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Breaststroke 2:00.53
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Breaststroke 56.78
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Individual Medley  DNS
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:33.46
5 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.32
2 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Breaststroke 57.14
3 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Breaststroke 2:01.62
10 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Breaststroke 59.83
4 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Breaststroke 2:04.41
1 2010 Eindhoven, NED 200m Breaststroke 2:04.86
8 2010 Eindhoven, NED 100m Breaststroke 59.31
25 2008 Rijeka, CRO 100m Breaststroke 1:00.12
24 2008 Rijeka, CRO 50m Breaststroke 27.59
2 2008 Rijeka, CRO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:33.31
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:05.29
5 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Breaststroke 2:03.56
5 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:03.52
52 2017   Overall  
2 2017 Eindhoven, NED 200m Breaststroke 2:02.62
7 2016   Overall  
6 2016 Beijing, CHN 50m Breaststroke 27.12
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:03.21
4 2016 Beijing, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:11.75
7 2016 Beijing, CHN 100m Breaststroke 58.89
6 2016 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 1:58.88
1 2016 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:01.92
2 2016 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:09.18
5 2016 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 57.21
3 2016 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 1:55.98
1 2016 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:02.13
4 2016 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 58.65
1 2016 Dubai, UAE 200m Breaststroke 2:03.41
6 2016 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:16.65
4 2016 Dubai, UAE 100m Breaststroke 58.47
1 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:02.31
5 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:10.43
2 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Breaststroke 58.53
4 2016 Moscow, RUS 200m Individual Medley 1:54.61
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:01
3 2016 Moscow, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:09.26
  2016 Paris, FRA 200m Breaststroke  DNS
  2016 Paris, FRA 400m Individual Medley  DNS
1 2016 Singapore, SGP 200m Breaststroke 2:01.41
3 2016 Singapore, SGP 100m Breaststroke 57.78
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:01.43
5 2014   Overall  
2 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:01.71
3 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 57.59
2 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 1:54.45
2 2014 Dubai, UAE 200m Breaststroke 2:01.28
3 2014 Dubai, UAE 100m Breaststroke 57.42
3 2014 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 1:55.19
1 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Breaststroke 26.69
1 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:02.50
2 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Breaststroke 57.47
3 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Individual Medley 1:55.10
1 2014 Moscow, RUS 50m Breaststroke 26.52
2 2014 Moscow, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:02.07
2 2014 Moscow, RUS 100m Breaststroke 57.38
4 2014 Moscow, RUS 200m Individual Medley 1:56.56
2 2013 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:02.50
3 2013 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 57.38
2 2013 Eindhoven, NED 200m Breaststroke 2:02.80
6 2013 Eindhoven, NED 100m Breaststroke 58.42
26 2012   Overall  
3 2012 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:06.84
6 2012 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 27.16
2 2012 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:05.72
4 2012 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 59.06
1 2012 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:43.38
4 2012 Dubai, UAE 50m Breaststroke 27.05
4 2012 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:24.38
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 200m Breaststroke 2:05.26
7 2012 Dubai, UAE 1500m Freestyle 15:49.08
3 2012 Dubai, UAE 100m Breaststroke 58.90
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:43.21
3 2012 Moscow, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:06.39
6 2012 Moscow, RUS 1500m Freestyle 15:49.87
6 2012 Moscow, RUS 100m Breaststroke 59.56
6 2012 Stockholm, SWE 50m Breaststroke 27.17
1 2012 Stockholm, SWE 200m Breaststroke 2:06.09
5 2012 Stockholm, SWE 100m Breaststroke 58.95
3 2011   Overall  
1 2011 Beijing, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:04.72
1 2011 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:04.61
3 2011 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:12.27
1 2011 Dubai, UAE 200m Breaststroke 2:04.97
1 2011 Dubai, UAE 50m Breaststroke 27.51
1 2011 Dubai, UAE 100m Breaststroke 59.07
3 2011 Moscow, RUS 100m Breaststroke 59.29
2 2011 Singapore, SGP 200m Breaststroke 2:04.99
2 2011 Stockholm, SWE 200m Breaststroke 2:05.25
3 2011 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:04.52
3 2010 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:08.15
3 2008 Singapore, SGP 200m Breaststroke 2:10.48