|Full name||Helge Folkert Meeuw|
|Born||29 August 1984|
Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||74 kg (163 lb)|
Helge Folkert Meeuw (born 29 August 1984 from Wiesbaden, Germany) is an Olympic and national record holding swimmer from Germany. He swam for Germany at the:
At the 2008 German Swimming Championships in Berlin, he swam in 53.10 sec a new European Record at 100m backstroke. He also holds 200 m (short course and long course) backstroke German national records in swimming.
Both his parents, Folkert Meeuw and Jutta Weber, competed for West Germany in swimming, and both won medals at Olympic Games and World and European championships.His wife, Antje Buschschulte, also competed for Germany and won Olympic medals.
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