David Davies

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David Davies, British Olympic medalist, distance freestyler and 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 also represented Great Britain in the 1500m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympic Games.


Davies was the guest speaker and open water swimming clinician at the 2014 BEST FEST in Mallorca.

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 swimming. 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 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Seville, Spain where he finished just .03 behind the winner.


2008 Beijing Olympic Games Men's Results

Gold: Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands) 1:51:51.6
Silver: David Davies (Great Britain) 1:51:53.1
Bronze: Thomas Lurz (Germany) 1:51:53.6
4. Valerio Cleri (Italy) 1:52:07.5
5. Evgeny Drattsev (Russia) 1:52:08.9
6. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria) 1:52:09.1
7. Brian Ryckeman (Belgium) 1:52:10.7
8. Mark Warkentin (United States) 1:52:13.0
9. Chad Ho (South Africa) 1:52:13.1
10. Erwin Leon Maldonado Savera (Venezuela) 1:52:13.6
11. Ky Hurst (Australia) 1:52:13.7
12. Igor Chervynskiy (Ukraine) 1:52:14.7
13. Francisco Jose Hervas (Spain) 1:52:16.
14. Allan do Carmo (Brazil) 1:52:16.6
15. Gilles Rondy (France) 1:52:16.7
16. Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) 1:52:20.4
17. Rostislav Vitek (Czech Republic) 1:52:41.8
18. Luis Escobar (Mexico) 1:53:47.9
19. Saleh Mohammad (Syria) 1:54:37.7
20. Mohamed Elzanaty (Egypt) 1:55:17.0
21. Damian Blaum (Argentina) 1:55:48.6
22. Arseniy Lavrentyev (Portugal) 2:03:39.6
23. Xin Tong (China 2:09:13.4
Csaba Gercsak (Hungary) DNF
Vladimir Dyatchin (Russia) DSQ

Personal records

Long course (50 M)

  • 200 m freestyle 1:47.31
  • 400 m freestyle 3:45.24
  • 800 m freestyle 7:44.32
  • 1500 m freestyle 14:45.95

Short course (25 M)

  • 200 m freestyle 1:48.33
  • 400 m freestyle 3:45.08
  • 800 m freestyle 7:49.06
  • 1500 m freestyle 14:32.56

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