Roland Schoeman

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Roland Schoeman
Personal information
Full name Roland Mark Schoeman
Nationality  South Africa
Born (1980-07-03) 3 July 1980 (age 34)
Pretoria, South Africa
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb; 13.2 st)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, butterfly
Club Phoenix Swim Club (USA)
Coach Herbie Behm

Roland Mark Schoeman (born 3 July 1980) is a South African swimmer and was a member of the South African swim team at the 2000 Olympic Games, 2004 Olympic Games, 2008 Olympic Games, and the 2012 Olympic Games.

He is the current World record holder in the short-course 50 meters freestyle, with a time of 20.30 seconds.

Career[edit]

Born in Pretoria, Schoeman first took an interest in the sport when he was 13, and began to compete three years later.[6] He has said that he began swimming to show a girl how interested he was in her.[7] This marked the beginning of a career that would see him attain a gold, silver and bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games; three gold, a silver and a bronze World Championship medals, as well as four gold, three silvers and three bronzes at the Commonwealth Games. He set new South African records in the 100 m Freestyle (48.69 s), 50 m Freestyle (22.04 s), 100 m Butterfly (52.73 s) and 50 m Butterfly (23.65 s) events.

He won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens in the 4 × 100 m freestyle, a silver medal in the 100 m freestyle event and a bronze in the 50 m freestyle. Three of the Men's 100 metre Freestyle team were in the team that broke the record and won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He also claimed golds in the 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly.

Schoeman, who is asthmatic, was voted the African Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World in 2004, 2005 and 2006; and the South African Swimmer of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. He was elected South African Sports Star of the Year in 2004.[8]

In 2007, he received the South African Presidential Award Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, awarded for excellent achievements in the field of swimming.[9]

At the 2005 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Montreal, Canada he won two gold medals [50 m Butterfly (in a world record time of 22.96 s) and Freestyle (21.69 s, the second fastest time in history at the time)]. He also claimed a silver in 100 m freestyle.

In December 2005, Schoeman turned down a 40 Million Rand (US$5.9 million) contract to swim for Qatar.[10] He stated reasons of national pride for turning down the offer and that hearing the South African national anthem and sharing the joy of his victories with his fellow South Africans is what made winning gold special.

At the 2007 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Melbourne Australia he successfully defended his 50m butterfly title. He also made the final of the 50 m and 100 m freestyle and was part of the 4×100 m freestyle relay team that finished fourth. On 6 September 2008 Roland Schoeman set a new short course meters world record of 20.64 at South African Nationals. Schoeman, lost his world record in late 2008 but regained his record. At the Short Course World Record at South Africa Championships, Schoeman swam a 20.30 seconds of the 50 meter freestyle short course (25 m pool).

In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Schoeman, aged 32, advanced to the final in the Men's 50m freestyle, clocking a 21.80 to finish .46 seconds behind the gold medal winner, Florent Manaudou.

Career Best Times[edit]

Schoeman has broken 3 Long Course world records (2 individual, 1 relay) and 6 short course world records (all individual).

Event Time Record Date Location
Long Course
50m Freestyle 21.67 SA Record Holder 16 Aug 2008 China Beijing, China
50m Freestyle 21.67 = SA Record Holder 02 Aug 2013 Spain Barcelona, Spain
100m Freestyle 48.17 Former SA Record Holder 15 Aug 2004 Greece Athens, Greece
50m Butterfly 22.90 Former WR Holder 26 Jul 2009 Italy Rome, Italy
4×100m Freestyle 3:11.93 Former WR Holder 26 Jul 2009 Italy Rome, Italy
Short Course
50m Freestyle 20.30 WR Holder 8 August 2009 South Africa Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
100m Freestyle 46.25 Former WR Holder 22 January 2005 Germany Berlin, Germany
50m Butterfly 21.87 14 Nov 2009 Germany Berlin, Germany
100m IM 52.20 Former WR Holder 13 Aug 2006 Germany Hamburg, Germany

Accolades[edit]

In 2004 he was inducted into the University of Pretoria Sport Hall of fame.[11]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "2004 Olympic Games swimming results". CNN. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 
  2. ^ "Montreal 2005 Results". Archived from the original on 28 January 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "12th FINA World Championships". Archived from the original on 6 June 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2007. 
  4. ^ "Swimming Schedule and Results". Retrieved 22 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "BBC Sport Commonwealth Games 2002 Statistics". BBC News. Retrieved 29 August 2007. 
  6. ^ "roland2012.com". 
  7. ^ "Roland Schoeman uncut". iafrica.com. 
  8. ^ "roland2012.com". 
  9. ^ "Team SA profile: Roland Schoeman". SouthAfrica.info. 
  10. ^ "I am an African: Roland Schoeman". SouthAfrica.info. 
  11. ^ http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=10413 Hall of fame Retrieved 25 June 2011

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
United Kingdom Mark Foster
Men's 50 metre Freestyle
World Record Holder (Short Course)

23 March 2000 – 23 March 2000
shared with United Kingdom Mark Foster
Succeeded by
United States Anthony Ervin
Preceded by
Germany Thomas Rupprath
Men's 100 metre Individual Medley
World Record Holder (Short Course)

18 January 2005 – 22 January 2005
Succeeded by
South Africa Ryk Neethling
Preceded by
United States Ian Crocker
Men's 50 metre Butterfly
World Record Holder (Long Course)

24 July 2005 – 5 April 2009
Succeeded by
Spain Rafael Muñoz
Preceded by
France Frédérick Bousquet
Men's 50 metre Freestyle
World Record Holder (Short Course)

12 August 2006 – 18 November 2007
Succeeded by
Sweden Stefan Nystrand
Preceded by
Croatia Duje Draganja
Men's 50 metre Freestyle
World Record Holder (Short Course)

7 September 2008 – 11 December 2008
Succeeded by
France Amaury Leveaux
Preceded by
France Amaury Leveaux
Men's 50 metres Freestyle
World Record Holder (Short Course)

8 August 2009 –
Succeeded by
France Amaury Leveaux
Preceded by
United States Ian Crocker
Men's 100 metre Freestyle
World Record Holder (Short Course)

22 January 2005 – 17 December 2007
Succeeded by
Sweden Stefan Nystrand
Preceded by
France Amaury Leveaux
Men's 50 metre Freestyle
World Record Holder (Short Course)

8 August 2009 –
Succeeded by
incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Not available
World African Swimmer of the Year
2004 – 2007
Succeeded by
Tunisia Ous Mellouli