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David Davies

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Personal Data

Date Of Birth: 3rd March 1985

Born: Cardiff

Team/Club: City of Cardiff

Achievements: Triple Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012), 2 x Olympic medals, 2 x World Champs medals, 2 x Commonwealth medals, 1 x European medal, 1 x Euro Short Course medal

David Davies is one of the most succesful Welsh swimmers of all time, having won two medals from three Olympic Games. He made an immediate impact with 1500m bronze at the 2004 Games in Athens before securing 10km Marathon silver in the event's debut four years later in Beijing.

Davies has been the leading British male distance swimmer for the past decade, winning 1500m bronze at two World Championships as well as the Commonwealth 1500m title for Wales in 2006.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 200m Freestyle 1:47.31 2009 NR
Long Course 400m Freestyle 3:45.24 2009 NR
Long Course 800m Freestyle 7:44.32 2009 BR
Long Course 1,500m Freestyle 14:45.95 2004 BR
Short Course 200m Freestyle 1:48.33 2003  
Short Course 400m Freestyle 3:45.08 2005  
Short Course 800m Freestyle 7:36.47 2009 BR
Short Course 1,500m Freestyle 14:32.56 2004 BR

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 1500m Freestyle 2012 15:14.77 16th
  1500m Freestyle 2008 14:52.11 6th
  10km Marathon SILVER
  1500m Freestyle 2004 14:45.90 BRONZE
World Championships 400m Freestyle 2009 3:47.02 8th
  800m Freestyle   7:44.32 4th
  1500m Freestyle   14:57.03 6th
  1500m Freestyle 2007 14.51.21 BRONZE
  800m Freestyle 2005 7:51.54 6th
  1500m Freestyle   14:48.11 BRONZE
  400m Freestyle 2003 3:54.70 19th
  1500m Freestyle   15:05.04 4th
Commonwealth Games 400m Freestyle 2010 3:50.52 4th
  1500m Freestyle   15:20.38 5th
  400m Freestyle 2006 3:49.44 BRONZE
  1500m Freestyle   14:57.63 GOLD
  200m Freestyle 2002 1.51.89 9th
  400m Freestyle   3:56.10 11th
  1500m Freestyle   15:17.87 6th
European Championships 1500m Freestyle 2008 14.54.28 SILVER
European Short Course Championships 1500m Freestyle 2006 14:40.60 5th
  400m Freestyle   3:45.08 11th
  1500m Freestyle 2005 14.35.94 SILVER
  400m Freestyle 2004 3:46.02 6th
  1500m Freestyle   14:32.56 SILVER
  400m Freestyle 2003 3:47.84 14th
  1500m Freestyle   15:00.56 11th
  400m Freestyle 2002 3:49.06 11th
  1500m Freestyle   14:42.51 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:21.44 19th
European Junior Championships 200m Freestyle 2002 1:53.74 10th
  400m Freestyle   3:54.83 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley   2:10.15 19th

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 1500m Freestyle 2012 15:00.73 SILVER
  1500m Freestyle 2011 15:06.44 GOLD
  400m Freestyle 2010 3:59.07 9th
  200m Freestyle 2009 1:47.50 BRONZE
  400m Freestyle   3:45.24 GOLD
  1500m Freestyle   14:52.41 GOLD
  400m Freestyle 2004 3:50.35 BRONZE
  1500m Freestyle   14:57.93 GOLD
  400m Freestyle 2003 3:51.38 BRONZE
  200m Freestyle 2002 1:53.64 17th
  400m Freestyle   3:55.99 4th
  200m Individual Medley   2:09.21 8th
  400m Individual Medley   4:37.40 13th
  200m Freestyle 2001 1:57.00 21st
  400m Freestyle   4:09.21 20th
  200m Individual Medley   2:11.41 14th
  400m Individual Medley   4:44.97 17th
ASA Championships 200m Butterfly 2012 2:06.63 10th
  1500m Freestyle   15:32.09 4th
  400m Freestyle 2010 3:53.46 4th
  1500m Freestyle   15:37.67 4th
  400m Freestyle 2008 3:49.74 SILVER
  800m Freestyle   7:50.74 GOLD

In the Pool

Greatest Achievement to date: Twice Olympic medallist  - in 2004 and 2008

Training Regime: 2 x  2.5 hours swimming, 7.5km each and a thirty minute circuit and an hour gym session

When did you begin swimming: My mum took me to swimming classes at the age of six and it carried on. I began to swim competitively for Barry at the age of eight.

Out of the Pool

One thing you can’t live without: My Ipod - I need the tunes!

Tip for the top: Train hard and enjoy. Always listen to your coach

Life after swimming: Putting my feet up while my missus makes the money

How would you like to be remembered: Chilled out guy who worked hard and achieved


Sports Team: Cardiff City

Films: Snatch and Home Alone 2

Band/Music: Kasbian, Killers, Oasis and the Kooks

Food: Rice Pudding and Sunday Roast

Hobbies: Playstation 3


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