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".

Neuss Place in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Neuss is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the west bank of the Rhine opposing Düsseldorf. Neuss is the largest city within the Rhein-Kreis Neuss district. It is primarily known for its historic Roman sites, as well as the annual Neusser Bürger-Schützenfest. Neuss and Trier share the title of "Germany's oldest city"; and in 1984 Neuss celebrated the 2000 year anniversary of its founding in 16 BCE.



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.

In swimming, the term short course is used to identify a pool that is 25 metres (27.34 yd) in length. The term is also often included in meet names when conducted in a short course pool. "Short course" is the second type of pool configuration currently recognized by FINA and other swimming bodies for pool competition; the other/primary pool length being "long course", where the pool is 50 meters in length. Olympic and the World Aquatics Championships are conducted in a long course pool.

Robert "Bobby" Hurley is an Australian swimmer and former World Record holder in the short-course 50 metres Backstroke and 2012 World Champion in the same event. In 2009 he won a bronze medal as a team member on the 4 × 200 m Freestyle relay at the FINA World Championships in Rome. He has five FINA World Championship medals to his name, two gold, one silver and two bronze.

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
2000 Summer Olympics Games of the XXVII Olympiad, held in Sydney in 2000

The 2000 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad and commonly known as Sydney 2000 or the Millennium Olympic Games/Games of the New Millennium, were an international multi-sport event which was held between 15 September and 1 October 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was the second time that the Summer Olympics were held in Australia, and also the Southern Hemisphere, the first being in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1956.

2004 Summer Olympics Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, held in Athens in 2004

The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and commonly known as Athens 2004, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto Welcome Home.

World championships
World Championships SC
2004 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) 2004 edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships

The 7th FINA Short Course World Championships were held at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States from October 7 through October 11, 2004.

The 5th FINA World Swimming Championships were held at the Olympic Aquatic Centre in Athens, Greece from 16–19 March 2000. 15 world records were set.

The 8th FINA World Swimming Championships swam April 5–9, 2006 at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena in Shanghai, China.

See also

World record progression 50 metres backstroke Wikimedia list article

This is a listing of the history of the World Record for the 50 backstroke swimming event. Swimming World Records are maintained by FINA, the international sports federation which oversees the sport. World Records are recognized only in meter-courses: long course (50m) and short course (25m). Like the other 50s of stroke, World Record status/monitoring for this event first began in the 1990s.

World record progression 100 metres backstroke Wikimedia list article

This is a history of the 100 m backstroke world record as swum in both long-course pools and short-course (25 m) pools—the two categories recognized/tracked by FINA.

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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