Thomas Rupprath

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Thomas Rupprath
Personal information
NationalityFlag of Germany.svg  Germany
Born (1977-03-16) 16 March 1977 (age 42)
Neuss am Rhein, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight78 kg (172 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke and butterfly
ClubSG Bayer Wuppertal

Thomas Rupprath (born 16 March 1977 in Neuss) is an Olympic swimmer from Germany, who is nicknamed "The New Albatross".



He held the world record for the 50 m backstroke (short course) with a time of 23.27 seconds set on 31 November 2002. This was broken by Robert Hurley of Australia on 26 October 2008. He also held the 50 m backstroke (long course) record between 7 July 2003 to 2 April 2008 with a time of 24.80 s.

With a time of 54.16 over 100 m backstroke (second behind Helge Meeuw) Thomas Rupprath managed to qualify for the Olympic Games in Beijing. He also won the 100 m butterfly at the German trials.


Olympic Games
World championships
World Championships SC

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Preceded by
Lenny Krayzelburg
World Record Holder
Men's 50 Backstroke

26 July 2003 – 2 April 2008
Succeeded by
Liam Tancock
Preceded by
Lars Frölander
World Record Holder
Men's 100 Butterfly (25m)

14 December 2001 – 12 December 2003
Succeeded by
Milorad Čavić
Preceded by
Franck Esposito
World Record Holder
Men's 200 Butterfly (25m)

1 December 2001 – 8 December 2002
Succeeded by
Franck Esposito
Preceded by
Peter Mankoč
World Record Holder
Men's 100 Individual Medley (25m)

25 January 2003 – 18 January 2005
Succeeded by
Roland Schoeman
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ed Moses
FINA World Cup
overall male winner

Succeeded by
Ed Moses