Born in Germany on August 19, 1997, F. Wellbrock swims competitively for the national team. His short course 1500-meter freestyle record is unmatched. At the 2019 World Aquatics Championships, he won both the 10 km open water swim and the 1500 m freestyle.
F. Wellbrock swam 10 kilometres in open water and finished third in the 1500-meter freestyle at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
At the 2021 World Short Course Championships, held in December of that year, he won the 1500-meter freestyle event, making him the world champion.
Germany’s F. Wellbrock Wins Men’s 10k Marathon Swimming Gold
German F. Wellbrock, the reigning world champion in the 10k marathon swim, cruised to an easy 25-second victory over Dutchman Ferry Weertman, the defending Olympic winner.
At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, German swimmer F. Wellbrock took first place in the men’s 10 kilometre marathon swim.
The 23-year-old German swimmer crossed the finish line in 1 minute, 48 seconds, and 33.7 seconds, besting Kristof Rasovszky of Hungary by 25.3 seconds.
In a time of 1:49:01.1, Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy won bronze. As a result, he makes history as the first Italian male to ever win an Olympic medal in the marathon swimming event.
Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands, the defending Olympic champion from the 2016 Games in Rio, placed seventh.
After winning the 2019 world championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, F. Wellbrock added an Olympic gold medal to his collection.
He is the only swimmer in history to win a gold medal in both the pool and open water at the same World Championships.
F. Wellbrock Lead in Olympic Finals
Two times during the swimming competition at the Tokyo Olympics, German swimmer F. Wellbrock led a final by a wide margin with 50 metres to go.
Only to see his competitors catch up and pass him in the final lap. In the open sea, with 26 men competing in the men’s 10K at Odaiba Marine Park, it was not going to happen.
F. Wellbrock took the lead early and stayed there for the most of the race, giving way to Frenchman Marc-Antoine Olivier for only a short time.
F. Wellbrock completely destroyed the competition on the final lap of the seven-lap course.
Pulling away for the gold after a group of approximately six swimmers had been in tight contention until then.
F. Wellbrock won by 25 seconds, clocking in at 1:48:33.7. Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky beat Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri for silver by less than two seconds, 1:48:59.0 to 1:49:01.1.
German swimmer F. Wellbrock won the men’s 10-kilometer marathon swim on Thursday in Tokyo Bay to add to the bronze he won in the pool earlier in the Olympics.
On yet another steamy morning in Japan’s capital, F. Wellbrock surged out to an early lead, remained in the lead for the whole of the race. And won by the largest margin in Olympic marathon swimming history.