3-time Olympic medalist Ous Mellouli of Tunisia won the 2012 Swammy Award for Open Water Swimmer of the Year.

SwimSwam‘s award categories include: Person of the Year, USA Club Team of the Year, Open Water Swimmer of the Year, Performance of the Year, Viral Video of the Year, Record Breaking Performance of the Year, Age Group Swimmers of the Year, Clutch Swim of the Year, Financial Visionary of the Year, Australian Club/Coach of the Year, Industry Impact of the Year, and European Club/Coach of the Year.

The Swammy Award to Mellouli is a well-deserved honor for doubling up in the 1500m and 10 km marathon swim at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Mellouli also won the 2012 Swimming World Magazine Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year award and is a nominee for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year and is up for consideration for FINA’s Best Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year award.

Mellouli’s incredible road to Olympic gold in London is told by his own words here.

His WOWSA nomination reads, “Oussama Mellouli has proven himself to be one of the most versatile, powerful, graceful swimmers in the open water since Johnny Weissmuller in the 1920s. Similar to the famed Tarzan of yesteryear, Mellouli has demonstrated his speed, strength and stamina in both the pool and open water. A gold and bronze medalist in the 1500m in the pool in London and Beijing, the personable multi-lingual Tunisian was even more heroic in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Hyde Park. Mellouli was not afraid to take control of the race in the Serpentine despite his relative inexperience. He had sufficient confident in his training and racing strategy to bolt into the lead at key points during the 10K. And when he accelerated towards the end, there was no one in the world who could keep up. For his impressively fast Olympic 10K marathon performance, for his willingness to step out of his comfort zone in the pool and try open water swimming, for his daily sacrifices that ultimately led to his Olympic medals, Oussama Mellouli is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.”

Photo by Mike Lewis of SwimSwam and Ola Vista Photography.

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