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Sophie Allen

After medals at the 2008 European Junior Championships and 2009 British Gas Swimming Championships, Sophie Allen’s progress was curtailed by a hip injury in 2010.

Sophie Allen Profile

Date of Birth 21st March 1992
Born Lincoln
Team/Club British Gas GBR National Performance Centre, Bath
Coach Dave McNulty / Graeme Antwhistle
She bounced back in 2011 with British Champs silver in the 200m IM then a sixth place finish in the same event at the World University Games.

Another 200m IM silver at the 2012 British Champs saw Sophie qualify for her first major teams in 2012, where she won 200m IM silver at the European Championships in Debrecen then finished 21st in the same event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

She continued her progression in 2013, landing her first British titles over 100m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley then competing at her debut World Championships in Barcelona, reaching the 200m IM final where she finished seventh.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 100m Breaststroke 1:07.70 2013  
Long Course 100m Butterfly 59.80 2012  
Long Course 200m Butterfly 2:09.57 2013  
Long Course 200m Individual Medley 2:10.23 2013  
Short Course 100m Breaststroke 1:05.39 2013 BR
Short Course 100m Butterfly 58.24 2012  
Short Course 200m Butterfly 2:07.20 2013  
Short Course 200m Individual Medley 2:05.90 2013 BR

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 200m Individual Medley 2012 2:14.72 21st
World Championships 100m Breaststroke 2013 1:08.62 22nd
  200m Individual Medley   2:11.32 7th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:58.67 6th
European Championships 200m Individual Medley 2012 2:11.49 SILVER
World Short Course Championships 100m Breaststroke 2012 1:06.42 10th
  200m Breaststroke   2:28.77 28th
  100m Individual Medley   59.03 6th
  200m Individual Medley   2:09.16 7th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:51.85 4th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:45.85 5th
European Short Course Championships 100m Breaststroke 2013 1:05.65 7th
  200m Breaststroke   2:24.51 8th
  200m Individual Medley   2:06.86 BRONZE
  4x50m Medley Relay   1:46.56 4th
European Junior Championships 100m Breaststroke 2008 1:12.72 10th
  200m Breaststroke   2:36.81 14th
  200m Individual Medley   2:16.40 SILVER
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:52.33 7th
  200m Individual Medley 2007 2:22.16 11th
  400m Individual Medley   5:00.26 15th

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 100m Breaststroke 2014 1:11.32 10th
  100m Butterfly   1:00.26 9th
  200m Individual Medley   2:11.54 BRONZE
  100m Breaststroke 2013 1:07.70 GOLD
  200m Butterfly   2:09.57 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley   2:11.34 GOLD
  100m Freestyle 2012 56.78 11th
  100m Breaststroke   1:09.45 BRONZE
  200m Individual Medley   2:11.71 SILVER
  100m Freestyle 2011 57.23 13th
  200m Individual Medley   2:14.15 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:54.20 6th
  100m Breaststroke 2009 1:13.47 15th
  200m Breaststroke   2:35.63 10th
  200m Individual Medley   2:14.05 BRONZE
  400m Individual Medley   4:48.75 6th
  100m Freestyle 2008 58.21 28th
  200m Freestyle   2:05.27 31st
  100m Breaststroke   1:11.58 7th
  200m Breaststroke   2:36.01 9th
  100m Butterfly   1:04.11 28th
  200m Individual Medley   2:18.49 9th
  100m Freestyle 2007 1:00.04 38th
  200m Freestyle   2:08.08 33rd
  400m Freestyle   4:24.25 24th
  200m Breaststroke   2:39.62 19th
  200m Individual Medley   2:18.31 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:55.88 8th
  100m Freestyle 2006 1.00.89 28th
  200m Freestyle   2.12.72 31st
  50m Breaststroke   34.98 18th
  200m Breaststroke   2.41.50 21st
  200m Butterfly   2.27.17 27th
  200m Individual Medley   2.26.28 18th
  400m Individual Medley   5.01.04 12th
  200m Freestyle 2005 2.13.89 44th
  400m Freestyle   4.32.00 24th
  100m Breaststroke   1.14.59 18th
  200m Breaststroke   2.42.74 23rd
  400m Individual Medley   5.06.88 13th

In the Pool

Favourite event: 200 Individual Medley

Finest ever performance: The 200m Medley final at the Olympic Trials where I qualified for London 2012!

My aspirations are: To be the best I can be.

Out of the Pool

If I wasn’t a swimmer I would be: A Beauty Therapist / Baker

Tip for the top: Enjoy it!

Life after swimming: Hopefully have my own Beauty Therapy company.

Would most like to meet: Robert Pattinson

Biggest influence on career: My parents


Band/music: Kings of Leon                                                         

Food: Cupcakes                   

Hobbies: Baking


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