Lyndon Ferns

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Lyndon Ferns
Personal information
Nationality  South Africa
Born (1983-09-24) 24 September 1983 (age 30)
Pietersburg, South Africa
Height 6'2" (188cm)
Weight 198lbs/90kg
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Sprint Freestyle / Butterfly
Club Ford Aquatics
College team Arizona Wildcats (USA)

Lyndon Ferns (born 24 September 1983 in Pietersburg, South Africa)[1] is a retired Olympic gold-medalist and former world record swimmer from South Africa. He swam for South Africa at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.[2]

At the 2004 Olympics, he was a member of the South Africa's Men's 4×100 m freestyle relay that won the event in a world record. Three of the team were a part of the relay that broke the record and won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

During the 2007 World Championships held in Melbourne, Australia, Lyndon became the first man out of Africa to complete the 100m butterfly in under 52 seconds, touching the wall in 51.90 seconds and with that breaking his own African record. He was also part of the 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay, both placing fourth.

Lyndon also competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where he set the African record in the 100m freestyle at 48.00, earning a sixth place in the finals. He also competed in the 100m butterfly, 4x100m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay.

In May 2009, it was announced that he was part of South Africa's team to the 2009 World Championships. At the 2009 World Championships, Lyndon became the first male athlete from Africa, to complete the 100m freestyle in under 48 seconds, setting the African record at 47.79 seconds. He is still the only man from Africa to have completed the 100m freestyle in a sub 48 second swim.[3]

He attended the University of Arizona,[4] where he competed at the NCAA level for his four years of eligibility under the tutelage of former-Olympian, world-renowned sprint coach, Rick DeMont. Lyndon completed his eligibility as a 24-time All-American, NCAA record holder, 3-time relay national champion as well as national champion in the 100y butterfly. Lyndon now lives in South Africa.

He is also the holder of the following records:

In April 2011, Lyndon retired from competitive swimming.



  1. ^ Ferns' result page from the 2008 Olympics website; retrieved 2009-06-30.
  2. ^ Ferns' entry from; retrieved 2009-06-30.
  3. ^ SA swim squad announced. From; published 2009-05-12, retrieved 2009-06-30.
  4. ^ Ferns' bio page from the University of Arizona Athletics website; retrieved 2009-06-30.
  5. ^ Lyndon Ferns Retrieved 25 June 2011

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