Performance Athlete – Swimming
Loughborough University alumnus Liam Tancock graduated from the University in 2011 having studied Sports Science at Loughborough College. Liam is Great Britain’s most successful male swimmer of the past decade, having won medals at four consecutive FINA World Championships.
Liam started competitively swimming at the age of 8, although he had a keen interest in both rugby and swimming from an early age. He decided to focus on swimming in his mid-teens and since then his competitive performance record has thrived to world-class level.
Liam broke through with a bronze medal in the 50m Backstroke on his senior debut at the 2005 World Championship in Montreal, and has since won medals at Commonwealth and European level, as well as four more on the world stage.
He won the 100m Backstroke gold at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, and set the world record in the 50m Backstroke at the World Championships in Rome in 2009. He went on to defend his crown in Shanghai two years later, and still owns the world record title to this date.
Liam 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 in the 4x100m medley relay.
Liam currently still trains and swims at Loughborough, and is coached by James Gibson who is already a member of the Hall of Fame. Liam was awarded BBC South West’s Sportsman of the Year 2010 and has also trained as a Level 2 swimming coach.
Loughborough University is immensely proud to induct Liam Tancock into its Loughborough Sport Hall of Fame.