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Meet The Team - Liam Tancock

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Get to know world 50m Backstroke champion Liam Tancock. Read his Tweets, view images, watch videos of him in action and being interviewed, check how his Olympic rivals compare with him and much more.

World 50m Backstroke champion Liam Tancock






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Training base

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Olympic History

2008: Sixth in 100m Back, eighth in 200m IM.

In Action

100m Backstroke on 29 & 30 July

Did you know?

  • Before Liam settled on a career in swimming, he was a talented rugby player and played for Exeter Chiefs at youth level before quitting at 16.
  • And while he didn't get to run out for the first team, he has walked out on to the Sandy Park pitch at half-time in a game and slotted over a conversion.
  • He's also a fan of Exeter City Football Club and his girlfriend is fellow British swimmer Caitlin McClatchey.

Liam's Career

Liam Tancock is Great Britain's most succesful male swimmer of the past decade, having won medals at each of the last four World Championships. The Devonian broke through with 50m Backstroke bronze on his senior debut at the 2005 World Champs in Montreal and has since won medals at Commonwealth and European level as well as four more on the world stage. While he has won 100m Backstroke gold at the past two Commonwealth Games, Tancock's greatest achievements have come in 50m. He has won the past two World Championship titles in 2009 and 2011 respectively and broken the world record three times, the third of which (24.04 from the 2009 World Championship final in Rome) remains the current marker.

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