David O'Brien (swimmer)

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David O'Brien
Personal information
Nationality  Great Britain
Born (1983-01-28) 28 January 1983 (age 32)
Prescot, England, Great Britain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Stirling Swimming
Coach Chris Martin

David O'Brien (born 28 January 1983 in Prescot, England) is a retired English swimmer, who specialized in freestyle events.[1] He is a single-time Olympian (2004), a resident athlete of Team GB, and a member of Stirling Swimming Club, under head coach Chris Martin.

O'Brien qualified for the men's 4×200 m freestyle relay, as a member of the British team, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[2] He finished sixth in the 200 m freestyle from the Olympic trials in Sheffield, posting a relay entry time of 1:51.12.[3] Teaming with Simon Burnett, Gavin Meadows, and Ross Davenport in the final, O'Brien swam a third leg and recorded a split of 1:49.05. He and the rest of the Brits missed the podium by 0.77 seconds behind the Italians, led by Massimiliano Rosolino, finishing fourth in a new national record of 7:12.60.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "David O'Brien". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Swimming – Men's 4×200m Freestyle Relay Startlist (Heat 2)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Lord, Craig (10 April 2004). "British Olympic Trials, Day 4: Georgina Lee, Robin Francis Set National Records". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Men's 4×200m Freestyle Final". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Thomas, Stephen (17 August 2004). "USA Downs Aussies in 800 Freestyle Relay in American Record 7:07.33 Italy Takes the Bronze". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Phelps claims third gold". BBC Sport. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 

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