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Roberto Pavoni

Having won the 400m Individual Medley title at consecutive European Junior Championships in 2008 and 2009, Roberto Pavoni switched to Kevin Renshaw’s group at the British Gas GBR National Performance Centre in Loughborough for the 2010 season.

Roberto Pavoni Profile

Date of Birth 22nd March 1991
Born Harold Wood
Team/Club British Gas GBR National Performance Centre, Loughborough
Coach Kevin Renshaw
He made an immediate breakthrough, winning his first British title over 400m Individual Medley, then competing at the European Championships before reaching two finals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Pavoni continued to improve in 2011, defending his British 400m IM title before reaching the final in the same event on his World Championship debut in Shanghai.

His Olympic debut followed in 2012 as Pavoni competed in the 200m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley in front of a home crowd at London 2012.

A fourth consecutive British 400m Individual Medley gold in 2013 was followed by a second World Championship appearance in Barcelona where Pavoni narrowly missed out on another final, finishing ninth in the 400m IM.

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 200m Backstroke 2:00.89 2011  
Long Course 200m Butterfly 1:56.10 2012  
Long Course 200m Individual Medley 1:58.14 2013  
Long Course 400m Individual Medley 4:12.24 2014 NR
Short Course 200m Backstroke 1:57.98 2013  
Short Course 200m Butterfly 1:52.87 2013  
Short Course 200m Individual Medley 1:54.20 2013  
Short Course 400m Individual Medley 4:04.65 2013  


Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 200m Butterfly 2012 1:57.55 20th
  400m Individual Medley   4:15.56 13th
World Championships 200m Butterfly 2013 1:57.60 16th
  200m Individual Medley   1:59.44 11th
  400m Individual Medley   4:15.81 9th
  400m Individual Medley 2011 4:19.85 8th
Commonwealth Games 200m Butterfly 2010 1:58.13 7th
  200m Individual Medley   2:03.37 9th
  400m Individual Medley   4:19.81 7th
European Championships 200m Butterfly 2010 2:00.47 17th
  200m Individual Medley   2:04.40 26th
  400m Individual Medley   4:22.38 12th
World Short Course Championships 200m Butterfly 2012 1:55.67 18th
  200m Individual Medley   1:58.36 21st
  400m Individual Medley   4:11.17 14th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:16.77 10th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:05.73 7th
European Short Course Championships 200m Backstroke 2011 1:59.31 31st
  200m Butterfly   1:56.97 21st
  200m Individual Medley   1:59.79 24th
  400m Individual Medley   4:12.05 12th
European Junior Championships 400m Individual Medley 2009 4:17.27 GOLD
  200m Butterfly 2008 1:59.94 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley   2:04.03 BRONZE
  400m Individual Medley   4:19.95 GOLD


Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 200m Butterfly 2014 1:57.20 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   1:59.08 GOLD
  400m Individual Medley   4:12.24 GOLD
  200m Butterfly 2013 1:57.34 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley   1:58.14 GOLD
  400m Individual Medley   4:13.67 GOLD
  200m Backstroke 2012 2:02.01 9th
  200m Butterfly   1:56.10 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley   2:00.19 4th
  400m Individual Medley   4:12.43 GOLD
  200m Butterfly 2011 1:58.03 BRONZE
  400m Individual Medley   4:13.37 GOLD
  200m Backstroke 2010 2:01.83 4th
  200m Butterfly   1:57.29 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley   2:01.93 BRONZE
  400m Individual Medley   4:14.55 GOLD
  200m Backstroke 2009 2:02.60 6th
  200m Butterfly   1:59.08 4th
  400m Individual Medley   4:18.89 5th
  400m Freestyle 2008 4:02.91 25th
  200m Backstroke   2:05.72 16th
  200m Butterfly   2:01.57 7th
  200m Individual Medley   2:04.24 5th
  400m Individual Medley   4:23.98 5th
  100m Freestyle 2007 54.81 52nd
  200m Freestyle   1:57.77 44th
  400m Freestyle   4:06.88 26th
  100m Breaststroke   1:07.53 35th
  200m Backstroke   2:10.35 27th
  100m Butterfly   58.30 31st
  200m Butterfly   2:07.24 21st
  200m Individual Medley   2:08.25 20th
  400m Individual Medley   4:30.77 9th
  400m Freestyle 2006 4:08.78 27th
  200m Butterfly   2:09.38 19th
  200m Individual Medley   2:11.49 22nd


Who has been greatest influence on you: Nezzatron - my coach at Offshore for two and half years

When did you begin swimming: 30th November 1997 was my first swimming lesson. I was 6 years old and have never looked back!


Ultimate relaxation: Chilling on the beach listening to music in the Sun.

Tip for the top: Don't lose hope, for when darkness falls, the stars come out.

Life after swimming: I'd like to work in media, keeping in touch with swimming.  Also would like to be a swimming coach and have my own club.

How would you like to be remembered: As the world's best.


Films: Will Smith films -  I am Legend, I, Robot etc

Band/Music: Little bit of anything

Food: Pasta and pizza!

Hobbies: Swimming, eating and sleeping

Last book read: Only the Heart by Brian Caswell

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