Oussama Mellouli

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Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli
Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli
Oussama "Ous" Mellouli (Arabic: أسامة الملولي‎; born February 16, 1984) is a Tunisian pool and open water swimmer and a three-time Olympic medalist who competes not only in the freestyle and individual medley races in the pool, but also in professional marathon swims and international open water swimming competitions. The world's most successful crossover swimmer currently trains with the Trojan Swim Club at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. He is coached by Dave Salo and Catherine Vogt at the University of Southern California where he went to school and competed.

Mellouli became the 1500m freestyle world champion at the 2009 FINA World Championships with a winning time of 14:37:28, second best performance of all time. Mellouli is also the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 1500m freestyle with a dramatic victory over Grant Hackett and a star-studded field at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He also swam to a bronze-medal finish in the 1500m freestyle in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

He has also competed in the RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco, California several times and in the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Cancun, Mexico and was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

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International Open Water Victories

In 2012, Mellouli won the 2012 FINA Olympic 10km Marathon Swimming Qualifier in Setubal Bay, Portugal. He also won the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympics in 1 hour 49 minutes and the 2013 FINA World Championships 5 km race on 20 July 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

Awards

In 2012, Mellouli was awarded the Swimming World Magazine Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year and the Swammy Award for the Open Water Swimmer of the Year. He was also selected as the FINA Open Water Swimming Athlete of the Year for 2012.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Mellouli was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award. His World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Oussama Mellouli has proven himself to be one of the most versatile, powerful, graceful swimmers in the open water since Johnny Weissmuller in the 1920s. Similar to the famed Tarzan of yesteryear, Mellouli has demonstrated his speed, strength and stamina in both the pool and open water. A gold and bronze medalist in the 1500m in the pool in London and Beijing, the personable multi-lingual Tunisian was even more heroic in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Hyde Park. Mellouli was not afraid to take control of the race in the Serpentine despite his relative inexperience. He had sufficient confident in his training and racing strategy to bolt into the lead at key points during the 10K. And when he accelerated towards the end, there was no one in the world who could keep up. For his impressively fast Olympic 10K marathon performance, for his willingness to step out of his comfort zone in the pool and try open water swimming, for his daily sacrifices that ultimately led to his Olympic medals, Oussama Mellouli is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results

1. Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia - 1:49:55.1
2. Thomas Lurz of Germany - 1:49:58.5
3. Richard Weinberger of Canada - 1:50:00.3
4. Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece - 1:50:05.3
5. Daniel Fogg of Great Britain - 1:50:37.3
6. Sergey Bolshakov of Russia - 1:50:40.1
7. Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia - 1:50:42.8
8. Andreas Waschburger of Germany - 1:50:44.4
9. Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria - 1:50:46.2
10. Alex Meyer of the USA - 1:50:48.2
11. Julien Sauvage of France - 1:50:51.3
12. Troyden Prinsloo of South Africa - 1:50:52.9
13. Erwin Maldonado of Venezuela - 1:50:52.9
14. Igor Chervynskiy of Ukraine - 1:50:56.9
15. Yasunari Hirai of Japan - 1:51:20.1
16. Brian Ryckeman of Belgium - 1:51:27.1
17. Valerio Cleri of Italy - 1:51:29.5
18. Csaba Gercsak of Hungary - 1:51:30.9
19. Arseniy Lavrentyev of Portugal - 1:51:37.2
20. Ky Hurst of Australia - 1:51:41.3
21. Ivan Enderica Ochoa of Ecuador - 1:52:28.6
22. Yuriy Kudinov of Kazakhstan - 1:52:59.0
23. Francisco Jose Hervas of Spain - 1:53:27.8
24. Mazen Aziz Metwaly of Egypt - 1:54:33.2
25. Benjamin Schulte of Guam - 2:03:35.1

2013 FINA World Championships

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