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Liam Tancock

Liam Tancock is Great Britain’s most succesful male swimmer of the past decade, having won medals at four consecutive FINA World Championships.

Liam Tancock Profile

Date of Birth 7th May 1985
Born Exeter
Team/Club British Gas GBR National Sprint Squad, Loughborough
Coach James Gibson
The Devonian broke through with 50m Backstroke bronze on his senior debut at the 2005 World Champs in Montreal and has since won medals at Commonwealth and European level as well as four more on the world stage.

While he won 100m Backstroke gold at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, Tancock's greatest achievements have come in 50m.

He won the World Championship titles for the first time at the Rome World Champs in 2009, setting a world record in the process, then defended his crown in Shanghai two years later.

He is also a double Olympian, making the finals in both the 100m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley at Beijing 2008, then finishing fifth in the 100m Back and fourth with the 4x100m Medley Relay quartet at London 2012.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 100m Freestyle 48.76 2009  
Long Course 50m Backstroke 24.04 2009 WR
Long Course 100m Backstroke 52.73 2009 BR
Long Course 200m Individual Medley 1:57.79 2008  
Short Course 50m Backstroke 23.10 2009 BR
Short Course 100m Backstroke 50.14 2008 BR

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 100m Backstroke 2012 53.35 5th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:32.32 4th
  100m Backstroke 2008 53.39 6th
  200m Individual Medley   2:00.76 8th
World Championships 50m Backstroke 2011 24.50 GOLD
  100m Backstroke   53.25 6th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:15.03 8th
  50m Backstroke 2009 24.04 GOLD 
  100m Backstroke   52.73 4th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:12.09 7th
  50m Backstroke 2007 25.23 BRONZE
  100m Backstroke   53.61 BRONZE
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:36.18 5th
  50m Backstroke 2005 25.02 BRONZE
  100m Backstroke   55.07 10th
Commonwealth Games 50m Backstroke 2010 24.62 GOLD
  100m Backstroke   53.59 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:36.31 BRONZE
  50m Backstroke 2006 24.84 SILVER
  100m Backstroke   54.53 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:36.40 SILVER
European Championships 50m Backstroke 2010 24.70 SILVER
  100m Backstroke   53.86 BRONZE
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:18.31 8th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:35.74 4th
  100m Backstroke 2008 55.12 9th
  50m Backstroke 2006 25.53 6th
  100m Backstroke   54.51 4th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:36.61 BRONZE
World Short Course Championships 50m Backstroke 2008 23.53 SILVER
  100m Backstroke   50.14 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   1:53.10 SILVER
European Short Course Championships 50m Backstroke 2005 24.06 BRONZE
  4x50m Freestyle Relay   1:25.85 BRONZE
  4x50m Medley Relay   1:35.22 BRONZE

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 100m Freestyle 2014 51.20 25th
  50m Backstroke   25.38 SILVER
  100m Backstroke   54.51 SILVER
  50m Backstroke 2013 25.04 SILVER
  100m Backstroke   54.11 SILVER
  100m Backstroke 2012 53.16 GOLD
  100m Butterfly   53.91 11th
  50m Backstroke 2011 24.95 GOLD
  100m Backstroke   53.44 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2010 52.85 GOLD
  100m Freestyle 2009 48.87 SILVER
  100m Backstroke   53.20 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley 2008 1:57.96 SILVER
  50m Backstroke  2005 25.38 GOLD
  100m Backstroke   55.21 SILVER
  100m Backstroke 2004 55.71 BRONZE
  50m Backstroke 2003 26.57 SILVER
  100m Backstroke   59.25 10th
  200m Backstroke   2:13.67 33rd
  50m Backstroke 2002 27.45 11th
  100m Backstroke   59.24 8th
  200m Backstroke   2:08.21 7th
  50m Backstroke 2001 26.83 BRONZE
  100m Backstroke   58.97 7th
  200m Backstroke   2.14.24 22nd
  200m Individual Medley   2.10.40 11th
ASA Championships 50m Backstroke 2011 25.05 GOLD
  50m Freestyle 2008 22.91 BRONZE
  50m Backstroke 2002 27.53 BRONZE
  100m Backstroke   1.02.42 12th
  200m Backstroke   2.13.01 10th

In The Pool

Greatest achievement to date: Becoming the World Champion and breaking the world record.

Aspiration: To be the best I can.

Training:  I do ten sessions in six days. Each pool session is two and a half hours long and I do three one hour and fifteen minutes weight sessions a week. There's a lot of action and a lot of physical exercise going on throughout!

Who has been greatest influence on you: Family, friends and coach 

When did you begin swimming: I started at a 'learn to swim' scheme when I was about five-years-old. I did it to learn water safety, but it was fun and I loved the water. I went to a club, moved up through the ranks and got better and better before taking part in my first national championships

Out Of The Pool

Other sports: I don’t play any others because I don’t have time but love watching all types of sports

One thing you can’t live without: Family and friends

Tip for the top: Work Hard and have fun

Life after swimming: Not 100% sure as yet but want to make sure enjoy whatever I do


Sports Team Exeter City

Band/Music I love listening to music doesn’t really matter what

Food Spaghetti Bolognese 

Hobbies Watching sport  


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