This year’s Faros marked the return on Germany’s Angela Maurer (41), one of the three best marathon swimmers of all time. With a score of 3:12.48 she arrived to the eighth victory in Stari Grad, making her the absolute record holder. Angela is at Faros Marathon won eight times: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2011, 2012 and 2016.
Angela Maurer (born 27 July 1975) is one of the world’s most successful professionalmarathon swimmers. Maurer lives in Wiesbaden, Germany where she was born. She swims for the SSV Undine 08 e.V. Mainz swimming club, and trains together with Dimitri Colupaev and Marc-Oliver Stein under Nikolai Evseev in Mainz. She finished fifth in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympic Games and was named the 2009 LEN Open Water Swimmer of the Year.
She participated in the 2011 FINA World Championships in in Shanghai, China where she qualified for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympics. She also finished a close fourth at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, missing a bronze medal by 0.9 seconds. She most recently won the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup series as the 2011 overall champion and was nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. She was selected as the 2009 LEN Open Water Swimmer of the Year.
She was inducted as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2009 and won the 2009 25 km world championships in Rome, Italy and a total of 8 FINA world championship medals. At the age of 37, Angela remained active on the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup and the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix professional circuits. She also won 8 German national titles in 5 km, 10 km, and 25 km distances as well as 2 European Open Water Swimming titles in the 10 km and 25 km. At the age of 37, she captured bronze in the 10 km marathon swim at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. At the age of 38, she won the 15 km FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix professional marathon swim in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.