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Chris Walker-Hebborn

Chris Walker-Hebborn’s potential was clear when he starred at the 2008 European Junior Championships in Belgrade, returning with four golds including a 100m and 200m Backstroke double.

Chris Walker-Hebborn Profile

Date of Birth 1st July 1990
Born Bury St Edmunds
Team/Club British Gas GBR National Performance Centre, Bath
Coach Dave McNulty / Graeme Antwhistle
The following season he won his first British Champs gold over 200m Backstroke, qualifying for his debut World Championships in Rome where he reached the final and finished ninth.

Walker-Hebborn narrowly missed out on a maiden senior major medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, finishing fourth in the 200m Back, before qualifying for his second World Championships in 2011.

After qualifying for and making his Olympic debut over both backstroke distances at London 2012, he landed his second British Champs gold in 2013 with a personal best effort in the 100m Backstroke.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 50m Backstroke 25.09 2014  
Long Course 100m Backstroke 53.38 2013  
Long Course 200m Backstroke 1:56.05 2009  
Short Course 50m Backstroke 23.55 2013  
Short Course 100m Backstroke 50.44 2013  
Short Course 200m Backstroke 1:50.73 2009 BR

International Results

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 100m Backstroke 2012 54.78 20th
  200m Backstroke   1:59.00 22nd
World Championships 100m Backstroke 2013 53.96 12th
  200m Backstroke   1:58.16 13th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:35.23 9th
  100m Backstroke 2011 54.91 26th
  200m Backstroke   1:58.59 17th
  200m Backstroke 2009 1:56.05 9th
Commonwealth Games 100m Backstroke 2010 55.04 6th
  200m Backstroke   1:59.00 4th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:16.57 5th
World Short Course Championships 100m Backstroke 2012 52.11 21st
  200m Backstroke   1:55.68 19th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:16.77 10th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:05.73 7th
European Short Course Championships 50m Backstroke 2013 23.59 6th
  100m Backstroke   50.44 BRONZE
  4x50m Medley Relay (Mixed)   1:39.81 5th
  50m Backstroke 2011 25.09 30th
  100m Backstroke   53.19 23rd
  200m Backstroke   1:58.70 28th
  4x50m Freestyle Relay   1:28.28 7th
  4x50m Medley Relay   1:35.07 5th
World Youth Championships 100m Backstroke 2008 56.04 BRONZE
  200m Backstroke   2:02.99 9th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:20.18 GOLD
4x100m Medley Relay   3:14.69 GOLD
European Junior Championships 100m Backstroke 2008 55.44 GOLD
  200m Backstroke   1:59.61 GOLD
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:21.11 4th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:19.98 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:39.75 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2007 57.25 5th
  200m Backstroke   2:03.06 6th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:26.45 4th

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 50m Backstroke 2014 25.09 GOLD
  100m Backstroke   53.82 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2013 53.38 GOLD
  200m Backstroke   1:57.20 SILVER
  100m Backstroke 2012 54.46 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   1:59.80 BRONZE
  100m Backstroke 2011 55.41 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   2:01.94 BRONZE
  200m Freestyle 2010 1:49.98 6th
  100m Backstroke   54.78 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   1:57.39 SILVER
  200m Freestyle 2009 1:48.99 5th
  100m Backstroke   54.96 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   1:57.95 GOLD
200m Freestyle 2008 1:49.86 12th
  100m Backstroke   55.61 4th
  200m Backstroke   2:00.68 4th
  100m Backstroke 2007 58.18 11th
  200m Backstroke   2:05.70 5th
ASA Championships 100m Backstroke 2012 54.26 GOLD
  200m Backstroke   1:57.17 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2011 54.47 GOLD
  200m Backstroke   1:57.20 GOLD

In The Pool

Greatest achievement to date: Ninth in the World Chamionships

Training Regime:  Get up at 6am get to the pool at 6.30am - train for 2 1/2 hours. Back in the pool at 3.30 for 2 and half hours Train 10 times a week - Sunday is only day off. Go to gym 4 times a week

Who has been greatest influence on you: My mum and dad

When did you begin swimming: When I was about three on holiday - according to my dad I couldn't wait to get my armbands off  in the pool and it went from there really.

Out Of The Pool

Tip for the top: Winners never quit - quitters never win

How would you like to be remembered: As a great Olympic Swimmer


Sports: Love Superbowl - am a Giants fan

Films: Rocky Films

Bands/Music: Angels and Airwaves

Food: Pizza

Drink: Fanta

Hobbies: Don’t have time for any - just swimming and sleep!

Sportsperson: Muhammad Ali


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