Sebastiaan Verschuren Shares Slo-Mo Underwater Video

Dutch Olympian Sebastiaan Verschuren shared a slo-mo video to his Facebook page on Monday, captioned: ‘If you would ask me: “why do you swim?” I would probably just show you this small video I made today. Total freedom.’

Verschuren has qualified for his second Olympic Games in both the 100 and 200 freestyle, after making his debut in London four years ago. In London Verschuren excelled in the 100 free, finishing 5th in the final in a personal best 47.88. He also finished 11th in the semi-finals of the 200 free (1:46.95) and split 47.57 on the anchor of the Dutch medley relay that placed 7th in the final.

Verschuren won his first and only World Championship medal last summer in Kazan, winning silver in the mixed 400 free relay. He has also won a total of seven medals at the European Championships (both LC and SC), including three gold and one silver this past May in London.

He continues to pursue seven time Olympic medalist Pieter van den Hoogenband‘s national records of 47.68 and 1:44.89 in the 100 and 200 free. He currently sits 16th in the world for 2016 in the 100 free (48.32) and 10th in the 200 free (1:45.87).

Find the full Dutch Olympic swimming roster for Rio here.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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