David Davies /

David Davies

Date of Birth

03 March 1985

Sport

Swimming

From

Barry

Biography

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 swimmers.

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 Freestyle.

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 all followed.

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 Olympians.

 

 

 

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