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Simon Burnett

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Personal Data

Date Of Birth: 14th April 1983

Born: Oxford

Former Team/Club: Windsor / Tucson Ford Dealers, Arizona

Achievements: Triple Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012), 7 x Commonwealth medals, 2 x European medals

After collecting 4x200m Freestyle bronze on his international debut at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Simon Burnett announced himself on the world stage by reaching the Olympic 200m Freestyle final at Athens 2004, ultimately finishing seventh.

Burnett went on to establish himself as one of Great Britain's most consistent international freestyle swimmers, competing at three World Championships and another two Olympic Games.

But it was competing for England at the Commonwealth Games where Burnett enjoyed greatest success, notably two golds and a silver at the Melbourne Games in 2006.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 50m Freestyle 22.12 2005  
Long Course 100m Freestyle 48.20 2008 BR
Long Course 200m Freestyle 1.46.59 2005  
Short Course 50m Freestyle 23.34 2001  
Short Course 100m Freestyle 48.83 2003  
Short Course 200m Freestyle 1.45.24 2003  

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2012 3:17.08 12th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay 2008 3:12.87 8th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:33.69 6th
  200m Freestyle 2004 1.48.02 7th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7.12.60 4th
World Championships 50m Freestyle 2011 22.54 23rd
  100m Freestyle   49.25 25th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:15.03 8th
  50m Freestyle 2009 22.23 22nd
  100m Freestyle   48.57 20th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   3:12.09 7th
  50m Freestyle 2007 22.69 19th
  100m Freestyle   49.22 12th
  200m Freestyle   1.50.11 25th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3.18.96 9th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7.11.28 4th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3.36.18 5th
European Championships 50m Freestyle 2010 22.38 8th
  100m Freestyle   49.16 9th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:18.31 8th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:35.74 4th
  50m Freestyle 2006 22.69 12th
  100m Freestyle   49.56 10th
  200m Freestyle   1.48.01 5th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7.11.63 SILVER
  4x100m Medley Relay   3.36.61 BRONZE
Commonwealth Games 50m Freestyle 2010 22.44 4th
  100m Freestyle   48.54 SILVER
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:15.05 SILVER
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:36.31 BRONZE
  100m Freestyle 2006 48.57 GOLD
  200m Freestyle   1.47.38 SILVER
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3.19.56 4th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7.14.14 GOLD
  50m Backstroke 2002 26.78 12th
  100m Backstroke   57.34 10th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7.22.56 BRONZE
European Short Course Championships 100m Freestyle 2003 49.00 22nd
  200m Freestyle   1:45.24 6th
  100m Freestyle 2002 49.76 19th
  200m Freestyle   1:45.88 6th
  4x50m Freestyle Relay   1:30.76 13th

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 50m Freestyle 2012 22.59 BRONZE
  100m Freestyle   49.33 GOLD
  50m Freestyle 2011 22.79 BRONZE
  100m Freestyle   50.02 4th
  50m Freestyle 2010 22.53 GOLD
  100m Freestyle   50.03 4th
  100m Freestyle 2009 49.34 4th
  200m Freestyle   1:50.00 12th
  50m Freestyle 2008 22.38 SILVER
  100m Freestyle   49.65 BRONZE
  200m Freestyle   1:51.95 20th
  100m Freestyle 2004 49.95 SILVER
  200m Freestyle   1.48.50 GOLD
  100m Freestyle 2003 50.53 BRONZE
  200m Freestyle   1.51.51 BRONZE
  100m Freestyle 2002 51.43 9th
  200m Freestyle   1.54.57 22nd
  50m Backstroke   26.60 4th
  100m Backstroke   56.80 BRONZE
  50m Freestyle 2001 23.34 6th
  100m Freestyle   51.47 14th
  50m Backstroke   25.79 BRONZE
  100m Backstroke   55.20 SILVER
ASA Championships 50m Freestyle 2011 22.24 GOLD
  100m Freestyle   49.09 GOLD
  100m Butterfly   53.04 SILVER
  50m Freestyle 2008 22.91 BRONZE
  100m Freestyle   49.34 GOLD
  200m Freestyle   1.52.46 6th
  50m Freestyle 2005 22.12 GOLD
  100m Freestyle   48.68 GOLD
  200m Freestyle   1.46.59 GOLD
  50m Freestyle 2002 24.79 11th
  100m Freestyle   53.83 9th
  200m Freestyle   1.53.45 GOLD
  50m Backstroke   27.37 GOLD
  50m Freestyle 2001 24.37 10th
  100m Freestyle   52.63 10th
  50m Backstroke   27.21 GOLD
  100m Backstroke   1.01.73 8th

In the Pool

Greatest achievement to date: My gold medal performance at the Commonwealth Games in 2006, in Melbourne, I won the 100m Freestyle. Also I hold the NCAA 200 yard Freestyle record (1.31.20 – 2006), the fastest man ever in a short course yard pool. American universities compete in short course yards rather than short course metres.

Aspiration: To win an Olympic gold

Who has been greatest influence on you: Bob Pay, my first coach.

Out of the Pool

One thing you can’t live without: My laptop

Tip for the top: Work hard in the right places, and enjoy yourself.

Life after swimming: No plans as yet.


Band/Music: Not a big music fan really, I prefer watching TV. I am quite keen on shows such as House, Law & Order and Friends. 


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