Marcel Wouda

Marcel Reinier Wouda ( born January 23, 1972 in Tilburg ) is a former Dutch swimmer and the first Dutch swimming world champion. He is currently a swim coach at the national swimming institute in Eindhoven.


Swimming career

Wouda grew up in Uden, Noord Brabant and became a member of the local swimming club ' De Zeester '.

Overall Wouda took from 1992 to 2000 at three Summer Olympics in part. In Barcelona in 1992, he was the only male member of the Dutch Swimming Olympic Team. He finished the 200 -meter freestyle as the 18th he landed 400 meters individual medley as 19 and the 200m individual medley on the final rank 22.

After the Games in 1992, he moved to the USA in order to study at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and to exercise.

After his return to the Netherlands, two years later, he qualified for the 1996 Summer Olympics and failed there, both located less than 200 meters in fourth and fifth over 400 meters individual medley at his first Olympic medal. He also reached the finals with the Dutch 4 × 200 meter freestyle relay and was together with Mark van der Zijden, Martin van der Spoel and Pieter van den Hoogenband finally seventh.

In February 1997, he improved two times the 400 meter medley short-course world record in swimming meetings in Gelsenkirchen and Paris.

The World Swimming Championships 1998 in Perth presented Woudas is career highlight when he 's 200m individual medley champion and thus the first Dutch male swimming world champion was on the at all. In addition, he secured about 400 meters individual medley silver medal and had to finally just from his former training partner in Michigan, give the American Tom Dolan beat. With the Dutch 4 × 200 meter freestyle relay, he won the silver medal behind the towering Australian season.

At the 1999 Short Course World Championships in Hong Kong, he was 200 meters freestyle relay in a new European record time world champion with the Dutch 4 ×. In addition, he secured about 400 meters individual medley and the 4 × 100 meter freestyle relay silver and 200m individual medley bronze medal.

A few months later, at the European Swimming Championships in Istanbul in 1999, he was three times European champion. Among other things, he improved the profit with the 4 × 100 meter freestyle relay the European record 03:16,27 min.

In the next summer Olympic Games, in 2000 in Sydney, he was together with Martijn Zuijdweg, Johan Kenkhuis and Pieter van den Hoogenband, the Dutch 4 × 200 meter freestyle relay bronze medal and thus win his only Olympic medal. With the Dutch 4 × 100 meter medley relay, he failed narrowly in fourth at another medal. At its parade route, the 200m individual medley, he finished fifth overall place. He also began on the 100 meter breaststroke route, missed the final as seventh and was finally 13.

Coaching career

From 2004 he was a Dutch youth coaches. From 2006, he joined the office of assistant coach Jacco Verhaeren of, his former coach after the time in the U.S., in Eindhoven. There he trained, among others, Olympic gold medalist and open water world champion Maarten van der Weijden or Olympic medalist, World and European Champion Hinke Schreuder.

Marcel Wouda Tainingsgruppe the NZE

  • Allen Lindenberg
  • Arjen van der Meulen
  • Bastiaan Tamminga
  • Hinke Schreuder
  • Job Kienhuis
  • Joeri Verlinden
  • Linsy Heister
  • Maaike Waaijer
  • Maarten van der Weijden
  • Robert Lijesen
  • Robin den Boer
  • Tom Vangeneugden
  • Wendy van der Zanden


  • Dutch Sportsman of the Year 1997