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Robert Bale

Rob Bale showed his potential at junior level, winning two relay golds and 200m Freestyle silver at the 2008 World Youth Championships then 200m Free gold at the European Junior Championships in Belgrade a month later.

Rob Bale Profile

Date of Birth 19th July 1990
Born Manchester
Team/Club University of Stirling
Coach Ben Higson
He made his first World Championship team in 2009, competing in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay final as the British quartet finished seventh in Rome.

The following season Bale won his first British title with victory in the 200m Free, earning him individual swims at the 2010 European Championships and for England at the Commonwealth Games.

After winning 200m Freestyle bronze at the 2012 British Champs, Bale made his Olympic debut later in the year, helping the 4x200m Freestyle Relay quartet to sixth at London 2012.


Event Time Year Record
Long Course 100m Freestyle 50.32 2010  
Long Course 200m Freestyle 1:47.82 2010  
Long Course 400m Freestyle 3:51.58 2010  
Short Course 100m Freestyle 48.70 2013  
Short Course 200m Freestyle 1:45.29 2009  
Short Course 400m Freestyle 3:58.61 2013  


Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 4x200m Freestyle Relay 2012 7:09.33 6th
World Championships 4x200m Freestyle Relay 2009 7:05.67 7th
Commonwealth Games 200m Freestyle 2010 1:48.73 7th
  400m Freestyle   3:55.71 12th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:16.57 5th
European Championships 200m Freestyle 2010 1:52.36 32nd
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:14.50 4th
World Youth Championships 50m Freestyle 2008 23.94 22nd
  100m Freestyle   51.42 18th
  200m Freestyle   1:49.44 SILVER
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:23.29 4th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:20.18 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:41.69 GOLD
European Junior Championships 100m Freestyle 2008 50.35 5th
  200m Freestyle   1:49.05 GOLD
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:21.11 4th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:19.98 GOLD


Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 100m Freestyle 2014 50.56 11th
  200m Freestyle   1:49.91 6th
  100m Freestyle 2012 50.42 12th
  200m Freestyle   1:47.85 BRONZE
  200m Freestyle 2011 1:52.42 11th
  400m Freestyle   4:04.70 31st
  100m Freestyle 2010 50.32 6th
  200m Freestyle   1:47.82 GOLD
  400m Freestyle   3:51.58 BRONZE
   100m Freestyle 2009 50.42 11th
  200m Freestyle   1:49.16 7th
  400m Freestyle   3:59.53 16th
  50m Freestyle 2008 23.80 25th
  100m Freestyle   50.98 19th
  200m Freestyle   1:49.28 10th
  400m Freestyle   4:00.46 21st
  50m Freestyle 2007 24.91 32nd
  100m Freestyle   53.13 29th
  200m Freestyle   1:55.79 36th
  50m Freestyle 2006 24.75 21st
  100m Freestyle   53.35 24th
  100m Butterfly   1:00.36 29th
  50m Freestyle 2005 25.26 30th
  100m Freestyle   54.92 37th
  200m Freestyle   1:59.34 42nd


Favourite event: 200m Free. I used to be a sprinter so it has those elements in addition to distance.

Finest ever performance: GB Trials in March 2010 in the 400m Free. I did a seven second PB and came third and was the top Englishman so qualified for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

First senior international meet: The World Championships in Rome 2009. I competed in the 4x200m Freestyle relay final. It was a great experience.

Role models: Look up to the greats like Michael Phelps. Aspire to be like them.

My aspirations are: Compete and win a medal in London both the relay and individual event.

Tip for the top: Stay focused and motivated. Keep your eye on the goal and you will achieve it.


Life after swimming: Looking to do an architecture degree and go on from there.

If I wasn’t a swimmer I would be: Not sure, probably another sport like surfing or football.

Describe yourself in three words: Professional, Dedicated, Fun

Biggest influence on career: My family and all my coaches.


Music: Chilled out music like Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz.

Most prized possession: My surfboard. We have done a lot of family holidays in Cornwall so I got into it from there.


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