Herman Willemse

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Herman Willemse was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 1963 and is also inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honoree. He was the first president of the World Professional Marathon Swimmers Federation.

Marathon Swimming Career

Willemse, known by his nickname the Flying Dutchman, dominated professional marathon swimming between 1960 and 1964, winning:

When the World Marathon Swimming Championships, whereby points were awarded for performance in a series of races, started in 1964, he finished second to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer Abou-Heif the next three years.

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