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David Davies Swimming

David Davies Swimming

Born March 3, 1985 in Barry, Wales, UK, David Davies is amongst the world’s best distance swimmers and will be representing Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. No rookie to the Olympics, David has competed and won medals before in the Games. This year, the competition is quite thick, but with British records in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle events, Davies is more than talented enough to win Olympic Gold this summer.

Davies started swimming at a very young age and was a force to be reckoned with by the time he was a teenager. An uncanny ability for distance swimming, David has always been atop everyone’s short list of the best swimmers in the UK. And after multiple wins at the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games, he is now atop the list of best swimmers in the world.

Sporting Career

To really pinpoint where David Davies’ career got started, you have to go back to 2002, when Davies was only 16 years old. He was already such an impressive swimmer that his home country invited him to represent Wales in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Although Davies didn’t get to grace a podium with his performances, he still managed to turn quite a few heads. A year later, in 2003, Davies finally won bronze in the 400m freestyle.

Topping his bronze-winning performance of ’03, Davies bested that with a gold medal win at the 2003 European Junior Championships before heading off to the 2004 Olympic Games. But while David’s 1500m freestyle time of 14:45.95 was enough to set a British and European record, his efforts were only good enough for a Bronze Olympic medal that year, finishing 2 seconds behind Australia’s Grant Hackett.

Davies had great showings in the 2004 European Championships and the 2005 World Championships, but at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he finally got over the hurdle and won the men’s 1500m freestyle event.

Representing Great Britain for the second time at Beijing in the 2008 Summer Olympics, Davies only managed to finish in 6th place in the 1500m. In the newest Olympic swimming event, the open-water 10K race, Davies finished in 2nd place – but ultimately paid the price when a first aid staff was rushed to his side after the race was over. Davies would quickly recover, only suffering from a bit of exhaustion it seemed. But with the men’s swimming field becoming so intensely competitive, many wondered if Davies, a shorter, gentler swimmer, could compete with the large, rabid swimmers.

Returning to the Olympics in London this summer, Davies seeks to put all rumors to rest that he isn’t good enough to win with the big boys. With Olympic and Commonwealth Games medals, not to mention a slew of records and other accolades, Davies is a big boy in swimming, and 2012 should prove it.

Career Highlights

  • 2003 British Championships – Bronze
  • 2004 British Championships – Bronze
  • 2004 British Championships – Gold
  • 2005 Euro Short Course Championships – Silver
  • 2006 Commonwealth Games – Gold
  • 2008 ASA Championships – Gold
  • 2008 Olympic Games – Silver
  • 2009 British Championships – Gold

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