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Pepijn SMITS
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Netherlands   
GenderMen
Born09 Dec 1996
Height1.91 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Student
Languages
Dutch, English, Spanish
Higher education
Law - Tilburg University: Netherlands
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
"My mother was the head coach of the Dommelbaarzen swimming club in Vught [Netherlands]. I came into contact with water early on."
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 5km mixed team relay at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (Instagram profile, 23 Apr 2021; pepijnsmits.nl, 11 Jun 2019)
Injuries
He sustained a shoulder injury in 2008. (pepijnsmits.nl, 11 Jun 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in swimming at national level in the Netherlands, winning gold in the 1500m freestyle event at the 2016 National Championships in Eindhoven. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Oct 2020)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from the sport in April 2021. "After having enjoyed swimming for many years, I have decided to fully focus on my master's degree in law and the next steps for my career in the legal profession. I get a lot of pleasure and motivation from that. I look back with great pride on my sporting career, in which the absolute highlight was the European title in 2018." (Instagram profile, 23 Apr 2021; pepijnsmits.nl, 27 Jul 2021)

GLUTEN-FREE DIET
He only eats gluten-free products out of necessity. "When I was four years old I became very sick. After many hospital visits, I finally found I had coeliac disease. This means that my body cannot withstand gluten. That is why I started following a gluten-free diet the day after my fifth birthday." He was also diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2010. (pepijnsmits.nl, 11 Jun 2019)

 Competition Highlights
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2018 Glasgow, SCO 800m Freestyle  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
21 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km 53:42.4
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 54:37.2
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
13 2018 Glasgow, SCO 10km 1:49:52.3
8 2018 Glasgow, SCO 25km 5:00:15.5 
6 2018 Glasgow, SCO 5km 52:59.1
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 5km - Team Relay 52:35.0
16 2016 Hoorn, NED 10km 1:55:29.8
15 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km 57:01.2
8 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km - Team Time Trial 1:02:42.9
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
60 2021   10km  
26 2021 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:46.2
  2020   10km  
21 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:50:08.1
35 2019   10km  
22 2019 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:57:43.50
7 2019 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:56:27.20
24 2018   10km  
23 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:53:42.4
15 2018 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:49:52.60
23 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 1:53:15.3
7 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:56:41.46
27 2017   10km  
14 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:46:07.8
15 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:53:27.5
11 2017 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:31:59.3
10 2017 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:30:08.98
47 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:49:57.50
6 2016 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 1:57.32
19 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:56:30.0
11 2015 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:53:20