David Davies

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David Davies, British Olympic open water swimmer
David Davies (born March 3, 1985) is a Welsh Commonwealth Games and Olympic distance swimmer. Born in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Davies swam for Wales at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and represented Great Britain at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in the 1500m freestyle and at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the 1500m freestyle and the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim. As of the end of 2010, he held the British Records in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyles. He will also represent Great Britain again in the 1500m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympic Games.


International meet participations

At the 2003 European Junior Championships he won a gold medal. At the 2004 Olympics, he won the bronze medal in the men's 1500m freestyle, in a time of 14:45.95 (a British and European record). He also swam at the 2004 European Championships and the 2005 World Championships.

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Davies won the 1500m freestyle and was third in the 400 freestyle. In 2008, he finished second in the 1500m free at the 2008 Short Course Worlds.

Davies represented Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics, swimming in both the pool competition and open water race. In the men's 1500m freestyle race, he finished 6th. In the marathon swimming 10 km race in Beijing, Davies finished second in the new Olympic event. Shortly after finishing the event, there was concern for Davies' state of health as First Aid staff rushed to stretcher him off for medical attention. Davies told the BBC shortly afterward: "For the last part of it I was delirious, I wanted it so bad. I've given it everything - the stretcher at the end was a bit mad but I've got something to show for it. I felt a bit violated to be honest, people swimming all over me, and the last lap was a real struggle."

Davies qualified for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Open Water World Championships in Seville, Spain where he finished just .03 behind the winner.


Personal records

Long course (50 M)

Short course (25 M)

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