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Oliver Hynd

Oliver Hynd swam on to the world scene in 2011, securing a spot at his first major championships with his performances at the British International Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

The S8 swimmer impressed later in the year at the IPC European Championships in Berlin, achieving gold in 200m Individual Medley as well as 400m Freestyle silver and 100m Backstroke bronze.

Oliver Hynd Profile

Date of Birth 27th October 1994
Born Sutton-in-Ashfield
Team/Club Nova Centurion
Coach Glenn Smith
Classification S8, SB8, SM8
His success in international swimming continued as he made his Paralympic debut at London 2012 alongside his brother Sam. Hynd ensured he did not go back to Nottinghamshire empty handed; taking a silver in S8 400m Freestyle, bronze in S8 100m Backstroke, and a gold in SM8 200m Individual Medley, smashing his previous European record in the latter.

Hynd added IPC World Championship gold medals over 400m Free and 200m IM in Montreal in 2013 and was also appointed MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to swimming.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 100m Freestyle 1:01.70 2011  
Long Course 400m Freestyle 4:27.67 2013  
Long Course 100m Butterfly 1:07.11 2011  
Long Course 100m Backstroke 1:05.10 2013 BR
Long Course 200m Individual Medley 2:22.76 2013 ER

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Paralympic Games 400m Freestyle (S8) 2012 4:27.88 SILVER
  100m Backstroke (S8)   1:08.35 BRONZE
  100m Butterfly (S8)   1:07.62 12th
  200m Individual Medley (SM8)   2:24.63 GOLD
IPC World Championships 400m Freestyle (S8) 2013 4:27.67 GOLD
  100m Backstroke (S8)   1:05.10 BRONZE
  200m Individual Medley (SM8)   2:22.76 GOLD
IPC European Championships 400m Freestyle (S8) 2014 4:31.66 GOLD
  100m Backstroke (S8)   1:06.74 4th
  400m Freestyle (S8) 2011 4:32.16 SILVER
  100m Backstroke (S8)   1:07.95 BRONZE
  100m Butterfly (S8)   1:07.11 7th
` 200m Individual Medley (SM8)   2.25.75 GOLD
Commonwealth Games 200m Individual Medley (SM8) 2014 2:22.86 GOLD

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships SM8 200m Individual Medley 2014 2:26.49 GOLD
  MC 400m Freestyle 2013 4:31.13 BRONZE
  MC 400m Freestyle 2012 4:28.62 SILVER
British Para-Swimming International Meet MC 200m Individual Medley 2014 2:26.07 SILVER
British International Disability Championships MC 400m Freestyle 2013 4:30.65 SILVER
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:07.16 4th
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:26.40 4th
  MC 200m Individual Medley 2012 2:29.79 6th
  MC 400m Freestyle 2011 4:37.79 8th

In the Pool

Favourite events: 400m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley.

Finest ever performance: The 200m IM final at trials for the European Championships - I qualified fastest in the S8 200m IM for the Europeans.

First senior international meet: IPC Swimming European Championships 2011.

Role models: Michael Phelps and Matt Walker.

Aspirations: To get to the podium at the London 2012 Paralympic Games!

Out of the Pool

Tip for the top: Train smart and don't give up.

If I wasn't a swimmer: I'd be a table tennis player!

Describe yourself in three words: Tough, focused and driven.

Most prized possesion: My Ipad.


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