Liam Tancock Swimmer

  • DOB

    7 May 1985
  • Coach

    James Gibson
  • Club

    National Centre Loughborough
  • Main event

    Sprinter
  • Best result

    World Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 12
    • 16
    • 14
Liam Tancock Torso Image

Liam Tancock is Great Britain’s most successful male swimmer of the past decade, having won medals at four consecutive FINA World Championships.

Tancock (England) had another strong and consistent year on the World stage. He started 2015 off with two silver medals at the British Swimming Championships in London which saw him qualify for his fifth World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Tancock then went on to place himself in two world finals finishing seventh and eighth in the 50m and 100m Backstroke respectively.

After injury problems throughout 2013, Tancock underlined his durability with bronze medals over 50m and 100m Backstroke at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - his eighth and ninth Commonwealth medals for Team England.

He is also a double Olympian, making the finals in both the 100m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley at Beijing 2008, then finishing fifth in the 100m Backstroke and fourth with the 4x100m Medley Relay quartet at London 2012.

He won the World Championship titles for the first time at the Rome World Champs in 2009, setting a world record in the process, then defended his crown in Shanghai two years later.

While he won 100m Backstroke gold at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, Tancock's greatest achievements have come in 50m.

The Devonian broke through with 50m Backstroke bronze on his senior debut at the 2005 World Champs in Montreal and has since won medals at Commonwealth and European level as well as four more on the world stage.

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
100m Freestyle 2009 48.76
50m Backstroke 2009 24.04 WR
100m Backstroke 2009 52.73 BR
200m Individual Medley 2008 1:57.79
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
100m Freestyle 2009 48.86
50m Backstroke 2009 23.10
100m Backstroke 2008 50.14 BR
200m Individual Medley 2008 1:53.10
Olympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Backstroke 2012 - London 53.35 5th
4x100m Medley Relay 2012 - London 3:32.32 4th
100m Backstroke 2008 - Beijing 53.39 6th
200m Individual Medley 2008 - Beijing 2:00.76 8th
4x100m Medley Relay 2008 - Beijing 3:33.69 6th
World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
50m Backstroke 2015 - Kazan 24.88 7th
100m Backstroke 2015 - Kazan 53.37 8th
50m Backstroke 2011 - Shanghai 24.50 Gold
100m Backstroke 2011 - Shanghai 53.25 6th
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2011 - Shanghai 3:15.03 8th
4x100m Medley Relay 2011 - Shanghai 3:36.58 6th
50m Backstroke 2009 - Rome 24.04 Gold
100m Backstroke 2009 - Rome 52.73 4th
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2009 -Rome 3:12.09 7th
50m Backstroke 2007 - Melbourne 25.23 Bronze
100m Backstroke 2007 - Melbourne 53.61 Bronze
4x100m Medley relay 2007 - Melbourne 3:36.18 5th
50m Backstroke 2005 - Montreal 25.02 Bronze
100m Backstroke 2005 - Montreal 55.07 10th
Commonwealth Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
50m Backstroke 2014 - Glasgow 24.98 Bronze
100m Backstroke 2014 - Glasgow 53.75 Bronze
50m Backstroke 2010 - Delhi 24.62 Gold
100m Backstroke 2010 - Delhi 53.59 Gold
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2010 - Delhi 3:15.05 Silver
4x100m Medley Relay 2010 - Delhi 3:36.31 Bronze
50m Backstroke 2006 - Melbourne 25.10 Silver
100m Backstroke 2006 - Melbourne 54.53 Gold
4x100m Medley Relay 2006 - Melbourne 3:36.40 Silver
European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
50m Backstroke 2010 - Budapest 24.70 Silver
100m Backstroke 2010 - Budapest 53.86 Bronze
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2010 - Budapest 3:18.31 8th
4x100m Medley relay 2010 - Budapest 3:35.74 4th
100m Backstroke 2008 - Eindhoven 55.11 9th
50m Backstroke 2006 - Budapest 25.53 6th
100m Backstroke 2006 - Budapest 54.51 4th
4x100m Medley relay 2006 - Budapest 3:36.61 Bronze
British Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Backstroke 2016 - Glasgow 54.20 Silver
50m Backstroke 2015 - London 25.23 Silver
100m Backstroke 2015 - London 53.98 Silver
100m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 51.20 25th
50m Backstroke 2014 - Glasgow 25.38 Silver
100m Backstroke 2014 - Glasgow 54.51 Silver
50m Backstroke 2013 - Sheffield 25.04 Silver
100m Backstroke 2013 - Sheffield 54.11 Silver
100m Backstroke 2012 - London 53.16 Gold
100m Butterfly 2012 - London 53.91 11th