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Rob MUFFELS
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Germany   
GenderMen
Born08 Dec 1994 in Elmshorn, GER
Height1.88 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Magdeburg, GER
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Psychology - Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg: Germany
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
"My parents wanted me to take up swimming to be safe and my bigger brother was already swimming."
Club / Team
SC Magdeburg: Germany
Name of coach
Bernd Berkhahn [club], GER;
Training Regime
He swims about 80 kilometres a week, divided into 11 sessions of about two hours.
General Interest
Nicknames
Bobby (tagesspiegel.de, 18 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Italian swimmer Gregorio Paltrinieri. (tagesschau.de, 18 Jul 2019)
Injuries
He suffered from repeated influenza [flu] infections between November 2015 and January 2016. The infections affected his preparation for the February 2016 World Cup event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which the German Swimming Federation used as a pre-qualifier ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He finished 41st and did not compete at the Olympic qualification race in June that year. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 May 2021; volksstimme.de, 01 Mar 2016; volksstimme.de, 25 Feb 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I don't start to finish second." (dfl-stiftung.de, 08 Dec 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2014 Athlete of the Year in Magdeburg, Germany. (mdcc.de, 12 Feb 2015)
Other sports
He represented Germany in swimming at the 2012 European Short Course Championships in Chartres, France. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (volksstimme.de, 25 Jan 2020)
Other information
FRIENDLY RIVALRY
Despite having a strong rivalry with German teammate Florian Wellbrock, the two are close friends and train together. "Florian and I have learned a lot from Thomas Lurz and also from Angela Maurer. In the end, it's about experience and hard work. I currently rate him [Wellbrock] as one of the strongest long-distance swimmers, it is definitely an advantage to have him as a training partner. I change things because I see that it works for him. You should know your competitors. I know him very well." (spiegel.de, 15 Jul 2019; openwaterswimming.com, 16 Jul 2019; swimsportnews.de, 16 Jul 2019)

 Competition Highlights
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
20 2012 Chartres, FRA 1500m Freestyle 15:37.68
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:47:57.4
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 53:58.7
26 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:52:38.1
8 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 55:41.8
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km 55:17.6
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km - Team Time Trial 55:15.4
11 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 53:38.5
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
11 2021 Budakalász, HUN 5km 55:57.5
13 2021 Budakalász, HUN 10km 1:52:06.3
2 2021 Budakalász, HUN 5km - Team Relay 54:18.0
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 5km 52:55.4
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 10km 1:49:33.7
12 2016 Hoorn, NED 10km 1:55:28.3
4 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km 55:11.3
2 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km - Team Time Trial 56:37.0
2 2014 Berlin, GER 5 km 54:01.8
3 2014 Berlin, GER 5km - Team Time Trial 56:14.8
2 2011 Eilat, ISR 5km - Team Time Trial 57:15.2
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2020   10km  
2 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:49:59.2
40 2019   10km  
6 2019 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:29.4
6 2018   10km  
8 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:53:26.0
  2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km  DNF
3 2018 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:49:46.30
8 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:47.0
2 2018 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:56:34.90
21 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:57:13.01
5 2017   10km  
5 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:45:55.5
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:53:10.4
16 2017 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:01:05.09
8 2017 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:31:57.3
2 2017 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:29:52.97
41 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:48:55.40
16 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:42:00.90
34 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:43:13.00
32 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:04:08
27 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:56:43.5
25 2012 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:55:46.80