Florian Wellbrock is a competitive swimmer that represents for Germany internationally. He is a 2020 Olympic champion in open water and 2020 Olympic medalist in the 1500.
2016 Olympic Games
At the 2016 Rio games, Florian placed 32nd in the 1500 free with a time of 15:23.88.
2017 World Championships
Merely a year later, Florian greatly improved world standing, finishing in 17th in the 1500 at the world championships with a time of 15:07.43. He also made the final heat of the 800 (7:50.89), and placed 7th overall with a 7:52.27.
2018 European Championships
Wellbrock took the European championships by storm, upsetting 1500 favorites Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine and Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy by touching first in the 1500. After swimming a 14:54.55 in prelims, a lifetime best by over 10 seconds, he dropped another 18+ seconds in finals to touch in 14:36.15, a new German record, just .73 ahead of Romanchuk. He followed his gold medal performance up with a bronze in the 800, going another personal best and German record of 7:45.60. He capped off his meet outside the pool, with a silver medal in the open water team relay.
2019 World Championships
Wellbrock started the 2019 World Champs off with yet another major win, this time in the individual 10k in open water. In a photo finish, Wellbrock touched .2 ahead of France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier, earning his first ever international individual open water medal. Wellbrock came back in the pool with an upset of heavy favorites Greg Paltrinieri and Mykhailo Romanchuk to take the 1,500 crown in a time of 14:36.54, just off his personal best.
2019 Swammy Awards
After taking the 10k title at the world champs, Wellbrock earned the Open Water Male Swimmer of the Year Swammy Award.
2020 Olympic Games
Wellbrock started his 2nd Olympics in a much different way than his first. After easily moving through the heats of the 1500, Wellbrock swam out front in the final, leading for the majority of the race and only getting passed by USA’s Bobby Finke and Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk in the last 50. Regardless, he still touched for 3rd to earn his first Olympic medal, a bronze, at 14:40.91.
Just a few days after winning his first Olympic medal in the pool, Wellbrock became an Olympic champion, taking the top prize in the 10k open water event.
2021 Short Course World Championships
In Abu Dhabi, Wellbrock completed the distance sweep in the pool and open water, taking gold in the 1500 and 10k swim. In the 1500, the Olympic bronze medalist won in 14:06.88, breaking the world record in the event formerly held by Gregorio Paltrinieri. In the 10k, he once again asserted dominance, winning the event by over 2.5 seconds.
2022 World Championships
Wellbrock started his meet in the 800 free, where he came into the final as the 2nd seed out of prelims. He held that seed, swimming a strong race and only being beaten by the Olympic champion in the event, Bobby Finke. Wellbrock touched for silver in 7:39.63, a new German record.
Wellbrock once again touched just behind Finke in the 1500, except for this time they both touched behind Greg Paltrinieri’s 14:32.80. Wellbrock earned bronze with a 14:36.94, less than 1 second off his PB.
In the open water, Wellbrock racked up more hardware, earning gold in the 5k and open water team event as well as bronze in the 10k.