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Sam Hynd

After showing promise with MC 100m Butterfly silver at the 2007 British Gas Swimming Championships, Sam Hynd gained international recognition by smashing the S8 400m Freestyle world record to win gold as a 17-year old at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

Sam Hynd Profile

Date of Birth 3rd July 1991
Born Sutton
Team/Club Sutton In Ashfield SC
Retired February 2014
Having also won SM8 200m Individual bronze in Beijing, Hynd continued to improve during the 2009 season, landing double gold at the IPC European Championships, once again over 400m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley.

He lowered his S8 400m Freestyle world record again at the 2010 Paralympic World Cup then recovered from a serious car crash to defend his 400m Freestyle title at the 2011 IPC Europeans in Berlin.

Hynd made the podium for the sixth consecutive British Gas Swimming Championships in 2012, winning MC 400m Freestyle bronze and booking a spot at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the process.

He won S8 400m Freestyle bronze at the London Games before claiming silver in the same event at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course S8 200m Freestyle 2:09.30 2009 BR
Long Course S8 400m Freestyle 4:26.08 2010 WR
Long Course S8 800m Freestyle 9:17.74 2011 WR
Long Course SB8 50m Breaststroke 34.67 2010 BR
Long Course SB8 100m Breaststroke 1:15.29 2008  
Long Course SB8 200m Breaststroke 2:56.22 2006 BR
Long Course SM8 200m Individual Medley 2:27.21 2009  

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Paralympic Games 100m Freestyle (S8) 2012 1:05.21 14th
  400m Freestyle (S8)   4:32.93 BRONZE
  100m Breaststroke (SB8)   1:16.64 7th
  200m Individual Medley (SM8)   2:28.03 4th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pts)   3:56.38 5th
  50m Freestyle (S8) 2008 29.27 11th
  100m Freestyle (S8)   1:01.04 6th
  400m Freestyle (S8)   4:26.25 GOLD
  100m Breaststroke (SB8)   1:15.29 5th
  200m Individual Medley (SM8)   2:29.93 BRONZE
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pts)   4:28.45 5th
IPC World Championships 100m Freestyle (S8) 2013 1:04.47 10th
  400m Freestyle (S8)   4:34.52 SILVER
  100m Breaststroke (SB8)   1:18.04 6th
  200m Individual Medley (SM8)   2:30.89 4th
IPC European Championships 100m Freestyle (S8) 2011 1:01.34 4th
  400m Freestyle (S8)   4:29.18 GOLD
  100m Breaststroke (SB8)   1:16.30 5th
  200m Individual Medley (SM8)   2:28.03 BRONZE
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pts)   4:25.17 BRONZE
  100m Freestyle (S8) 2009 1:01.46 5th
  400m Freestyle (S8)   4:27.69 GOLD
  100m Breaststroke (SB8)   1:15.44 6th
  200m Individual Medley (SM8)   2:28.18 GOLD
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pts)   4:31.62 5th
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pts)   4:23.49 SILVER
IPC World Championships (25m) 400m Freestyle (S8) 2009 4:20.18 GOLD
  100m I.M. (SM8)   1:08.16 BRONZE
  200m I.M. (SM8)   2:24.31 SILVER
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pts)   3:54.23 BRONZE

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships MC 400m Freestyle 2013 4:41.83 5th
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:32.54 4th
  MC 100m Freestyle 2012 1:03.42 8th
  MC 400m Freestyle   4:30.52 BRONZE
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:18.30 10th
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:32.15 4th
  MC 100m Freestyle 2011 1:02.65 7th
  MC 400m Freestyle   4:35.71 BRONZE
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:31.62 SILVER
  MC 400m Freestyle 2010 4:31.99 SILVER
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:18.91 9th
  MC 50m Freestyle 2009 29.10 6th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:02.81 5th
  MC 400m Freestyle   4:31.21 GOLD
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:16.88 BRONZE
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:27.21 GOLD
  MC 50m Freestyle 2008 29.49 9th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:02.29 BRONZE
  MC 400m Freestyle   4:32.92 GOLD
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:18.34 6th
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:31.41 BRONZE
  MC 100m Freestyle 2007 1:03.88 18th
  MC 400m Freestyle   4:41.42 7th
  MC 50m Breaststroke   37.00 5th
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:21.05 6th
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:10.56 SILVER
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:33.93 6th
  MC 100m Freestyle 2006 1:06.13 21st
  MC 400m Freestyle   4:48.49 11th
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:23.27 6th
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:11.42 7th
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:36.15 7th
British International Disability Championships MC 400m Freestyle 2013 4:38.46 5th
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:33.02 8th
  MC 400m Freestyle 2012 4:32.15 SILVER
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:29.99 7th
  MC 400m Freestyle 2011 4:31.85 SILVER
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:32.74 8th
  MC 100m Freestyle 2009 1:03.41 7th
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:32.86 BRONZE

In the Pool

Greatest achievement to date: Winning gold in the S8 400m Freestyle in Beijing with a new world record time. My first Paralympic Games!

Aspiration: To win more Paralympic medals and to be the best that I can be.

Who has been greatest influence on you: My family and my coach.

Out of the Pool

One thing you can’t live without: My bed, my car, my ipod...and my gold medal!

Tip for the top: Always work hard to the best of your ability. Believe in yourself and never give up. Follow your dreams!

Life after swimming? To work in media.


Band/Music: I listen to absolutely everything. Nobody has got a wider range of music on their ipod than me.


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