|Birth||28 November 1979, Würzburg, Germany|
Thomas Lurz (born 28 November 1979) is a German swimmer who specializes in long-distance freestyle swimming, especially open water swimming. Lurz lives in Gerbrunn and swims for the SV Würzburg 05 sports club.
He competed for Germany at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the 1500 m freestyle, where he missed the final, but returned to the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he won a bronze medal in the 10 km open water race. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he finished one place higher, claiming the silver medal. He was the world champion in the 10 km open-water swimming event in 2004, 2006 and 2009. From to 2005 to 2011, he won gold in the 5 km event seven times in a row. He was jointly awarded the inaugural Open Water Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine with Chip Peterson, winning following titles in 2006 and 2009 alone and 2011 together with Spyridon Gianniotis.
He won 20 medals at the World Open Water Swimming Championships.
|Championship||Edition||5 km||10 km||25 km||Team 5 km|
|Olympic Games||2008 Beijing|
|World Championships||2002 Sharm El Sheikh|
|European Championships||2006 Budapest|
Ten German titles for 800 m, 1500 m, 5000 m and 10,000 m (open-water) freestyle Winner of the European Open Water Competition 2005 Silver medal in the 1500 m freestyle at the 2005 Summer Universiade Gold medal in 5 km event at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships Gold medals in 5 km and 10 km events at the 2006 European Aquatics Championships in Budapest Gold medal in 5 km event at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships Gold medals in 5 km and 10 km events at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships Gold medal in 10 km event at the 2010 European Aquatics Championships in Budapest. Gold medal in 5 km event at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships Silver medal in 10 km event at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships Silver medal in 10 km event at the 2012 Olympics in London Gold medals in 25 km and 5 km team events at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships Silver medal in 10 km event at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships Bronze medal in 5 km event at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships