In July 2007 at the ASA National Championships, Liam Tancock grabbed everyone’s attention when he became the first British swimmer to dip below two minutes for the 200m individual medley. His time of 1min 59.91sec beat the previous best by almost two seconds.
One month later, he trimmed that British best time to 1min 59.19sec when winning gold in the 200m individual medley at the Japan International Open. In April 2008, he became the fastest man in the world ever in the 50m backstroke, a title he recently reclaimed at the 2009 World Championships, taking gold in Rome in August.
Following an impressive World Championships, Tancock travelled to the Commonwealth Games in Delhi setting new Games’ records on the way and winning Gold in both the 50m and 100m backstroke. He has continued to show his world class ability in 2011 by becoming only the second British swimmer ever to win back to back World Championship Golds, after his triumph in Shanghai. It is no wonder Tancock is regarded as one of Britain’s finest medal prospects at the London Olympics.
Tancock first came to national attention as a 15-year-old Exeter club swimmer. At the British Winter Championships he broke four junior records and came away with the biggest medal haul a junior had ever held at under-16 level. In 2001, he won swimming gold at the Youth Olympic Games, and won a further two golds in 2002 at the World Schools Championships.
At the World Championships in 2005, Tancock produced the swim of his life to set a new British record in the 50m backstroke and win a bronze medal in his first major international event. He’d set a British record in the semi-final and shaved more time off to finish just seven-hundredths shy of gold.
Tancock won three Commonwealth Games medals in 2006 - leading all the way in the 100m backstroke for a new Games record and winning silver in the 50m backstroke and relay.
Another 100m backstroke bronze at the 2007 World Championships was won in a Commonwealth record time and Tancock simply continued his record-breaking form through the year.
2008 was the year Liam confirmed his world class status, breaking the 50m back stroke world record, and winning the World Short Course title.
2009 was an impressive year for Liam. He was top of the world rankings in the 50m & 100m backstroke at the BUCS Championships and swam 25.01 seconds for the 50m and 53.83 seconds over 2 lengths. He smashed the 50m backstroke World record, 24.04 seconds and also won Gold Medal making him the fastest ever to swim this event, as well as setting a new British & Commonwealth record in 100m Backstroke, 52.73 seconds at the World Championships in Rome. He also won 3 Gold medals at the National BUCS meet in Sheffield.
Continuing his great achievements, Liam won two Gold medals (including 50m backstroke), as well as one silver and one bronze in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
In 2011, Liam became the first British male to ever win back to back world titles in 30 years, after taking first place in the 50m backstroke for the second consecutive year.
Liam enters 2012 as a favourite to win a medal at the Olympics, and with outstanding commercial partnerships with Procter and Gamble (Gillette), Sky, IHG and For Goodness Shakes. As the Gillette advert says, “What do you call back to back World Championships? A great start?”
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Date of birth: 7 May 1985
Place of birth: Exeter
Honours and achievements
2011: Wins Gold in the 50m Backstroke at the World Championships, Shanghai, becomes first male to win back to back World titles in over 30 years.
2010: Wins Gold medal and breaks Commonwealth Games record in 50m Backstroke, Delhi (24.62secs)
2010: Wins Gold medal and breaks Commonwealth Games record in 100m Backstroke, Delhi (53.59secs)
2009: Wins Gold medal and breaks the World Record for 50m Backstroke at World Championships, Rome (24.04)
2009: Sets new British and Commonwealth 100m Backstroke record at World Championships, Rome (52.73)
2009: Sets 50m Backstroke European and Commonwealth short-course record at the British Gas grand prix (23.10)
2008: Broke World Record for 50m backstroke (24.47)
2008: During the World Swimming Championships, Liam won Gold in the 100m Backstroke (50.14 sec - European Record, Commonwealth Record, British Record); Silver in the 50m Backstroke (23.53 sec); Silver in the 200m Individual Medley (1:53.10 - British Record); and Bronze in the 100m Individual Medley (52.22 sec - British Record)
2008: Qualified for the Bejing Olympics in the 100m backstroke and 200m IM
2007: FINA Most Valuable Performance award Japan International Open
2007: Winner, Men’s 100m IM - World Cup, Sydney
2007: Gold medals in 200m individual medley and 100m backstroke at Japan International Open
2007: World Championship bronze 100m backstroke
2006: Commonwealth Games gold 100m backstroke
2005: World Championship bronze 100m backstroke