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Pieter TIMMERS
Sport Swimming
NOC Belgium   
GenderMen
Born21 Jan 1988 in Neerpelt, BEL
Height2.00 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Elle De Leeuw, daughters Jutta [2017] and Stella [2021]
Residence
Antwerp, BEL
Languages
Dutch, English, French
Higher education
Engineering - Eindhoven University of Technology: Netherlands
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He got in the pool for the first time at age four in Beringen, Belgium.
Why this sport?
"I didnít really like it and the trainers always thought it was going nowhere with me. I kept swimming because I could have some fun with my friends, be myself in and out of the water and participate in a couple of competitions."
International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Belgium
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Eindhoven, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Piet (Facebook profile, 10 May 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the 100m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Facebook page, 18 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband. (hln.be, 22 Jul 2017)
Injuries
In July 2018 he was admitted to Antwerp University Hospital in Edegem, Belgium, with viral meningitis. He was forced to withdraw from the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, as a result. (vrt.be, 31 Jul 2018; demorgen.be, 05 Aug 2018; ad.nl, 31 Jul 2018)

He suffered the third collapsed lung of his career in November 2018. He first had a collapsed lung while sleeping in October 2013 but was able to compete and win a bronze medal at the 2013 European Short Course Championships in Herning, Denmark, two months later. He had surgery after suffering the same problem again in February 2014 and had made a full recovery by June 2014. (demorgen.be, 20 Nov 2018; hansvdw1.wordpress.com, 18 Aug 2014; hin.be, 07 Feb 2014; nieuwsblad.be, 31 Oct 2013)

He sustained a minor shoulder injury in April 2014. He was able to train again after a couple of days of rest. (hln.be, 10 Apr 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"With regard to performance, commitment, effort and dedication, there is no middle ground. You're in it to give 100%, or not at all." (zwemfed.be, 11 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
He was voted the 2014 Sports Figure of the Year in the Antwerp province of Belgium. (gva.be, 12 Dec 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from competitive swimming in November 2020 after competing in an International Swimming League meet with the New York Breakers. He had initially planned to retire following the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and chose not to continue for the rearranged Games in 2021. "I wasn't really emotional, but I really lived today like I want to remember it. The team celebrated me and were cheering so loud for me. It was really nice to go out with a blast. I made the choice very consciously, so I'm not now regretting it, looking forward to those Games with nostalgia. I am still 100% behind the decision." (radio1.be, 14 Apr 2021; swimswam.com, 06 Nov 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Freestyle 47.80
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:13.57
8 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:11.64
12 2012 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 48.57
8 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:14.40
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Freestyle 48.91
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Freestyle 22.32
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:48.13
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 48.96
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 22.47
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:48.43
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 48.31
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:15.50
6 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:09.64
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Freestyle 1:47.99
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Freestyle 48.65
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:11.15
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Freestyle 1:44.29
27 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Freestyle 48.15 
23 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Freestyle 21.83 
8 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:43.35
6 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 46.90
5 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 6:52.66
6 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:07.54
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle  DNS
5 2016 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 48.64
Semifinal 2016 London, ENG 200m Freestyle 1:47.73
Heats 2016 London, ENG 50m Freestyle  DNS
Heats 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
2 2016 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:08.28
3 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:14.30
5 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:47.01
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 48.96
3 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:10.39
5 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:16.62
7 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Freestyle 49.19
Semifinal 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:49.25
4 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:15.58
4 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:15.34
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 21.35
Semifinal 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 47.39
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Freestyle 46.54
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Freestyle 21.30
7 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:25.92
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:25.08
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Freestyle 46.61
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Freestyle 1:42.85
5 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Freestyle 21.34
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Freestyle 22.15
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Freestyle 47.79
3 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:24.86
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.37
2 2012 Chartres, FRA 200m Freestyle 1:43.08
5 2012 Chartres, FRA 100m Freestyle 46.95
4 2012 Chartres, FRA 50m Freestyle 21.52
21 2010 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 48.97
22 2010 Eindhoven, NED 200m Freestyle 1:47.65
6 2010 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:27.27
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
34 2018   Overall Ranking  
3 2018 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 46.67
5 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 22.45
3 2018 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 49.04
4 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 46.97
5 2018 Eindhoven, NED 200m Freestyle 1:44.06
6 2018 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 22.48
3 2018 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 49.22
3 2016 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 47.22
3 2016 Beijing, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:44.53
5 2016 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 47.53
5 2016 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:45.60
2 2016 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 47.14
3 2016 Dubai, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:44.63
8 2016 Dubai, UAE 50m Freestyle 21.98
3 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Freestyle 47.32
1 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:44.57
6 2016 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 47.93
3 2016 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:44.24
5 2016 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 47.43
5 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:44.45