Thomas Lurz: ‘In swimming you need to have ability to accept pain’

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Lurz retired two years ago as one of the most decorated distance swimmers of all time, two Olympic medals (10km) and 12 World titles in the open water confirming the German's status as a great of the sport.

The ability to tolerate pain, believes Thomas Lurz, is essential in competitive swimming. He should know. Lurz retired two years ago as one of the most decorated distance swimmers of all time, two Olympic medals (10km) and 12 World titles in the open water confirming the German's status as a great of the sport.

“In swimming in general, you need to have the ability to accept the pain,” he said here on Friday. “It doesn't matter if it's 100m, 200m or 25km: they (the sprinters) have their pain; we have ours. It hurts like hell. The only way you can resist it is hard training.”

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