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Brian RYCKEMAN
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Belgium   
GenderMen
Born13 Jul 1984 in Ostend, BEL
Height1.96 m
Weight 78 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Ella [2014]
Residence
Ostend, BEL
Occupation
Armed Forces
Languages
Dutch, English, French, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five. He also played football for a while but decided to focus on swimming at age eight.
Why this sport?
"I had to practise a sport and I chose swimming because I liked individual sports more. Moreover I was better in swimming than football."
International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Belgium
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Riesa, GER
General Interest
Nicknames
Brainiac, Shark (swimbase.com, 12 Jul 2011; karaat.be, 01 Feb 2008).
Injuries
He hit a rock and injured his shoulder and ribs during a race in Argentina in February 2012. (demorgen.be, 03 Feb 2012)
Awards and honours
He was the 2011 and 2013 Athlete of the Year in Oostende, Belgium. (Linkedin profile, 01 Jan 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from competitive swimming in June 2016. "I'm stopping immediately. It was a difficult but correct decision. I've already reached my goals and can look back with satisfaction." (sporza.be, 01 Jun 2016)

 Competition Highlights
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
17 2004 Madrid, ESP 1500m Freestyle 16:06.11
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
24 2002 Riesa, GER 400m Freestyle 3:57.26
17 2002 Riesa, GER 1500m Freestyle 15:52.75
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2015 Kazan, RUS 10km  DNS
11 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:49:29.3
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km 4:47:27.4
7 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 1:54:36.1
  2011 Shanghai, CHN 25km  DNS
5 2009 Rome, ITA 10km 1:52:13.1
4 2009 Rome, ITA 25km 5:30:18.4
6 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 10km 1:55:50.40
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
16 2011 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:53:41.0
1 2011 Eilat, ISR 25km 5:05:02.2
13 2006 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:58:54.5
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2015 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:56:04.46
13 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:55:12.0
19 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:58:17.80
6 2012 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:57:21.76
10 2012 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:52:44.35
12 2012 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:55:53
5 2011 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:58:20.31
5 2011 Santos, BRA 10km 2:06:15.28
4 2010 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:04:24.15
3 2010 Shantou, CHN 10km 1:55:33.16
4 2009 Annecy, FRA 10km 1:52:21.28
7 2009 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:55:49.25
4 2009 Varna, BUL 10km 2:01:39.07
12 2007   10km