David Davies has caused quite a stir in the pool over the years
and is one of Britain's and the World's most outstanding distance
2002 saw David make a real splash in the swimming world after he
became British Short Course Champion for the 1500m and for the
first time qualified for a place on the British Senior Team. He
then, at just 17, swam for Wales at the Manchester Commonwealth
Games and took a staggering 50 seconds off his previous personal
best in the 1500m Freestyle.
In 2003 David took silver in both the 1500m & 800m Freestyle
and bronze in the 400m at the World Championship Trials. As part of
the British Team he travelled to Barcelona for the World
Championships, where he just missed out on a medal with
4th place in the 1500m Freestyle.
One of Barry boy David's career highlights came in 2004 when he
was presented with the Olympic bronze medal for the 1500m Freestyle
in Athens. He had the race of his life setting a new European
Record and personal best of 14.45.95mins, making him the second
only British medal winner in the pool at the Games.
David is no stranger to the Commonwealth Games and with
Melbourne 2006 came Davies' first taste of gold medal glory. After
securing a surprise bronze medal on the opening day of competition
in the 400m Freestyle, he delivered Team Wales' second gold medal
of the event on the last night of swimming competition in the 1500m
Recuperation from a foot infection, clocking the fourth fastest
time in the world at the 2006 Dutch Championships, bagging the
bronze medal in the 2007 World Swimming Championships in Melbourne
and a silver in the 1500m freestyle at the 2008 World Championships
The second of his career highlights so far came in 2008 when
David was selected to compete for GB at the Beijing 2008 Olympic
Games. He went one better than his success in Athens and bagged the
Olympic silver medal in the open water event.
At the Commonwealth Games in 2010 he finished 4th in
the 400m freestyle and 5th in the 1500m freestyle.
Davies scooped the gold medal in the 1500m at the British
Championships in 2011.
Despite a tough couple of years, he was then selected to compete
in his third Olympic Games but failed to get past the heats at
London 2012. He is considered to be one of Wales' greatest ever