The Marathon Is Over: Thomas Lurz, Most Decorated Open Water Ace, Retires

Thomas Lurz, of Germany, by Patrick B. Kraemer

May 3, this Sunday, marks the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification at the FINA Open Water World cup in Cozumel, Mexico. A big name will be missing: Thomas Lurz has retired. No Rio – and no world championships this summer either. May 1, Worker’s Day – not a bad moment to say “I’ll work no more at what I’ve worked so hard at for so long”

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May 3, this Sunday, marks the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification at the FINA Open Water World cup in Cozumel, Mexico. A big name will be missing: Thomas Lurz has retired. No Rio – and no world championships this summer either. May 1, Worker’s Day – not a bad moment to say “I’ll work no more at what I’ve worked so hard at for so long”

Comments

ropes

What a great career.A true champion.Thomas you will have to wind down in masters.Swimmings in your blood.

Danjohnrob

The man was incredibly, consistently among the best in the big races for a decade! That shows tremendous mental and spiritual fortitude! I hope he considers going into coaching because it is awfully difficult to prepare yourself for grueling open water races and he seems to have it down to a science, but I guess a good portion of the credit for that goes to his brother and coach Stefan. Anyway, congratulations on your career achievements, Mr Lurz!

mcgillrocks

One of only a few men to have won 6 individual world titles.

The only others I can think of are Phelps (15) Lochte, Hackett, Thorpe and Cielo.

Probably the open water GOAT.

Daniel Takata

mcgillrocks: you forgot to mention Aaron Peirsol.

S.A."Sid" Cassidy

A true class act – a gentleman leader for global athletes with an incredible ability to rise to the occasion in any competitive environment. I am honored to have crossed paths with you Thomas. I look forward to seeing you as you grow through this next phase of your life, thank you for your inspirational contributions to our sport and wish you great happiness raising your family!

aswimfan

Despite never won Olympics gold, I can’t name any other open water swimmer whose overall accomplishments exceed Lurz’, so yes, he is a great candidate for open water GOAT.

Viva la Bang

Great athlete, great career, will be missed!

Wendy Coles

A great athlete who has given us hours and hours of entertainment and helped to make the sport it is today. Thank you Thomas

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