Rostislav Vitek

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Rostislav Vítek, nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, an annual WOWSA Award and a recognition of outstanding men around the globe
Rostislav Vítek, a world-class ice swimmer and channel swimmer from the Czech Republic
Rostislav Vítek at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China

Rostislav Vítek (born 6 January 1976 in Příbram) is a 43-year-old professional open water swimmer, channel swimmer, and ice swimmer from the Czech Republic. A multi-versatile athlete, he competes in the ice mile, 5 km, 10 km and 25 km events and ice swimming events. He participated in the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China and competed in the 2012 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit.

Open Water Swimming Career Highlights

2016 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships


Vitek finished third in the 1 km ice kilometer race in Wöhrsee, Burghausen

2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominee

Vítek is nominated as the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association along with the following nominees:

1. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) Channel Swimmer Redux
2. Attila Mányoki (Hungary) Prolific Ocean Swimmer
4. Ben Hooper (Great Britain) Transoceanic Challenger
4. Benoît Lecomte (France/U.S.A.) Transoceanic Adventurer
5. Christof Wandratsch (Germany) Ice Swimming Record Holder
6. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia) FINA Grand Prix Champion
6. Ingemar Patiño Macarine (Philippines) Pinoy Aquaman
8. James Tout (U.S.A.) Long-overdue Triple Crowner
9. Lewis Pugh, OIG (Great Britain) Ocean Advocate
10. Rohans More (India) Oceans Seven Adventurer
11. Rostislav Vítek (Czech Republic) Ice Swimmer Extraordinaire
12. Simone Ruffini (Italy) Olympian & World Champion

2015 WOWSA Award Nomination

Rostislav Vítek (Czech Republic) Ice Swimmer Extraordinaire
Rostislav Vítek has transitioned in his twenties from being a fast competitive swimmer to top Olympic 10K marathon swimmer. His transformation continued in his thirties to becoming one of the fastest channel swimmers in history and now he has found his ultimate niche as an ice swimmer. He set the ice mile record in Blansko, Czech Republic in 4.84°C water and 1°C air temperature with a time of 20:29, beating the previously fastest man in the ice swimming community, Christof Wandratsch. Since Philip Emslie first set the ice mile record with a 22:40 in South Africa, Vítek has dropped the record 2 minutes in 4 years. The 49-year-old is helping push the boundaries of human endurance and cold water acclimatization as he enters his fourth decade of swimming. For his world-class speed, for his transformation and wide-ranging open water swimming capabilities, and for his sense of adventure to try something new, Rostislav Vítek is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

International Competitions

Fastest English Channel Crossings in History

1. Andreas Waschburger, Germany, E-F, 8 September 2023 in 6 hours 45 minutes 25 seconds at the age of 36
2. Trent Grimsey, Australia, E-F, 8 September 2012 in 6 hours 55 minutes 0 seconds at the age of 24
3. Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F, 24 August 2007 in 6 hours 56 minutes 50 seconds at the age of 30
4. Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F, 1 August 2005 in 7 hours 3 minutes 52 seconds at the age of 38
5. Yuri Kudinov, Russia, E-F, 24 August 2007 in 7 hours 5 minutes 42 seconds at the age of 28
5. Rostislav Vítek, Czech Republic, E-F, August 2009 in 7 hours 16 minutes 25 seconds at the age of 33
6. Chad Hundeby, USA, E-F, 27 September 1994 in 7 hours 17 minutes 0 seconds at the age of 23
7. Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F, 20 August 2003 in 7 hours 20 minutes 0 seconds at the age of 36
8. Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F 22 August 2006 in 7 hours 21 minutes 8 seconds at the age of 29
9. David Meca Medina, Spain, E-F, 29 August 2005 in 7 hours 22 minutes 0 seconds at the age of 31
10. Yvetta Hlaváčová, Czech Republic, E-F, 5 August 2006 in 7 hours 25 minutes 15 seconds at the age of 31
11. Penny Lee Dean, USA, E-F, 29 July 1978 in 7 hours 40 minutes 0 seconds at the age of 23

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