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Lizzie Simmonds

After dominating the junior scene between 2006 and 2007, Lizzie Simmonds was championed as a future world-beater and made her Olympic debut as a 17-year old at Beijing 2008, reaching the 200m Backstroke final and finishing sixth.

Lizzie Simmonds Profile

Date of Birth 22nd January 1991
Born Beverley
Team/Club British Gas GBR National Performance Centre, Bath
Coach Dave McNulty / Graeme Antwhistle
She enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2010, winning her first international title with 200m Backstroke gold at the European Championships as well as silvers at the Europeans (100m Backstroke) and Commonwealth Games (200m Backstroke) respectively.

She continued to underline her class in 2011, reaching the final and finishing seventh in both the 100m and 200m Backstroke at her third World Championships in Shanghai.

Simmonds lifted the British 200m Backstroke title for the fifth time in her career at the British Gas Swimming Championships 2012 in London, sealing her place at her second Olympic Games in the process.

She was the second-best British female performer in the pool at London 2012, finishing fourth in the 200m Backstroke – missing out on bronze by 0.71 seconds.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 50m Backstroke 28.58 2010  
Long Course 100m Backstroke 59.43 2010  
Long Course 200m Backstroke 2:06.79 2010  
Short Course 50m Backstroke 26.45 2013 BR
Short Course 100m Backstroke 56.49 2013 BR
Short Course 200m Backstroke 2:00.83 2011 BR

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 200m Backstroke 2012 2:07.26 4th
  100m Backstroke 2008 1:00.39 10th
  200m Backstroke   2:08.51 6th
World Championships 100m Backstroke 2011 59.89 7th
  200m Backstroke   2:08.76 7th
  100m Backstroke 2009 59.71 7th
  200m Backstroke   2:07.98 5th
  200m Backstroke 2007 2.11.20 7th
European Championships 100m Backstroke 2010 1:00.19 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   2:07.04 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay 2008 3:59.33 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2006 1.03.09 10th
  200m Backstroke   2.13.02 5th
Commonwealth Games 100m Backstroke 2010 1:01.42 10th
  200m Backstroke   2:07.90 SILVER
World Short Course Championships 50m Backstroke 2012 27.28 11th
  100m Backstroke   58.34 10th
  200m Backstroke   2:04.55 5th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:38.23 8th
  50m Backstroke 2008 27.79 8th
  100m Backstroke   58.28 7th
  200m Backstroke   2:02.60 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley   2:09.24 5th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:53.02 BRONZE
European Short Course Championships 50m Backstroke 2008 26.88 5th
  100m Backstroke   57.51 5th
  200m Backstroke   2:03.12 BRONZE
  4x50m Freestyle Relay   1:40.87 8th
  4x50m Medley Relay   1:50.58 12th
  100m Backstroke 2006 59.91 7th
  200m Backstroke   2:05.74 BRONZE
  4x50m Medley Relay   1:48.26 BRONZE
European Junior Championships 50m Backstroke 2007 29.24 SILVER
  100m Backstroke   1:01.37 GOLD
  200m Backstroke   2:12.36 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   2:14.44 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay   4:09.29 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2006 1.02.79 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   2.12.78 GOLD
European Youth Olympic Festival 100m Backstroke 2005 1.02.73 GOLD
  200m Backstroke   2.14.08 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   2.18.72 GOLD
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   2.14.08 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay   4.18.88 GOLD

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 200m Freestyle 2014 2:01.66 12th
  100m Backstroke   1:00.60 BRONZE
  200m Backstroke   2:10.72 SILVER
  100m Backstroke 2013 1:00.72 4th
  200m Backstroke   2:10.08 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2012 1:00.43 BRONZE
  200m Backstroke   2:08.67 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2011 1:01.16 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   2:11.67 SILVER
  100m Backstroke 2010 59.43 GOLD
  200m Backstroke   2:06.79 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2009 1:01.10 GOLD
  200m Backstroke   2:10.25 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2008 1:00.66 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   2:08.99 GOLD
  100m Freestyle 2006 59.28 20th
  200m Freestyle   2.04.74 12th
  50m Backstroke   30.15 BRONZE
  100m Backstroke   1.02.68 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   2.12.72 GOLD
  100m Freestyle 2005 59.31 18th
  200m Freestyle   2.06.64 18th
  50m Backstroke   30.17 SILVER
  100m Backstroke   1.03.43 BRONZE
  200m Backstroke   2:13.93 4th
  200m Individual Medley   2.18.72 SILVER
  100m Backstroke 2004 1:04.29 7th
  200m Backstroke   2:18.44 9th
  200m Individual Medley   2:20.94 8th

In the Pool

Greatest achievement to date: Can I have two? European Junior Championships 2007 and the Japan International Meet 2007. At the EJC, on the final day of the competition, I won 3 gold medals, 100m Backstroke, 200m I.M and as part of the medley relay team. Unfortunately, I couldn’t collect my first two medals though as I had to prepare for my next event. Japan was great because I smashed my PB for the 200mBackstroke against a world class field.

Aspiration: To win Olympic gold at some point, and simply enjoy my swimming career.

Who has been greatest influence on you: Family, friends and coaches. I have a really good support group around me.

Out of the Pool

One thing you can’t live without: Laptop. It use to be my mobile!

Tip for the top: Believe in yourself and enjoy.

Life after swimming? Maybe university. It is difficult to think beyond swimming as it is happening now and I am really focused on that.


Band/Music: A bit of everything, nothing specific


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