Benjamin Schulte

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Benjamin Schulte, a 2012 London Olympic Games 10km marathon swim finalist from Guam
Benjamin Schulte finishing Olympic 10km Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the Serpentine in Hyde Park
Benjamin Schulte (in orange Guam swim cap) at start of the 2012 Olympic 10km Marathon Swim in the London Olympic Games
Benjamin Schulte

Benjamin Schulte is a 16-year-old pool and open water swimmer from Guam, who trains with the Miami Swimming Club on the Gold Coast in Australia and is coached by Brian King and Denis Cotterell. He is the first swimmer from Guam who qualified for the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim in history.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

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

He was a boy among men, a neophyte against veterans. But the 16-year-old teenager from Guam proved grace under pressure and proudly represented not only his small nation, but also every open water swimmer who has persevered under the less-than-favorable conditions. Benjamin Schulte competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games against men double his age, significantly stronger and much more experienced. Schulte had no chance at winning and quickly fell off the pace in front of a worldwide TV audience, swimming alone in front of 30,000 spectators lining the banks of the Serpentine. But he gave it his all, swimming faster than expected and showing his potential for the next few Olympics. For his grit at never giving anything less than 100%, for his future upside demonstrated on the world's biggest stage, for his maturity and pride in embodying the Olympic ideal, young Benjamin Schulte is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

Olympic Qualification

Schulte competed in the 2012 FINA Olympic 10km Marathon Swimming Qualifier in Setubal Bay, Portugal. Based on his placing, he qualified as one of the 25 finalists in the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympics.


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

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