Darian Townsend

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Darian Townsend
Personal information
Full name Darian Roy Townsend
Nationality  South Africa
Born (1984-08-28) 28 August 1984 (age 30)
Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, medley
Club Seals
College team University of Florida
University of Arizona

Darian Roy Townsend (born 28 August 1984) is a competition swimmer and Olympic gold medalist who competed for South Africa. He became a U.S. citizen during the summer of 2014, and has subsequently represented the United States in international event.

He was born in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Townsend was a member of the South African men's 4×100 metre freestyle relay team that won gold and broke the world record at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.[1]

Townsend attended the University of Arizona, where he swam for the Arizona Wildcats swimming and diving team in 2007 and 2008. He previously attended the University of Florida and competed for the Florida Gators swimming and diving team in 2005 and 2006.

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  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Darian Townsend. Retrieved July 20, 2014.

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Preceded by
United States Ryan Lochte
Men's 200 metre individual medley
world record holder (short course)

November 15, 2009 – December 17, 2010
Succeeded by
United States Ryan Lochte