Zoë Baker

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Zoë Baker
Personal information
Nationality  New Zealand (current)
 Great Britain (prior to 2005)
Born (1976-02-29) 29 February 1976 (age 38)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke

Zoë Baker is a former world record holder in swimming who represented Great Britain until 2005, when switched allegiance to New Zealand whilst living there.[1] She later returned to the United Kingdom and she switched her allegiance back to Great Britain in 2011.[2]

Swimming career[edit]

1999[edit]

At the 1999 European Aquatics Championships in Istanbul, Baker swam 31.43 seconds in the semifinal of the 50-m breaststroke to set a European record.[3] She collected a silver medal in the final.[4]

2000[edit]

Baker earned the silver medal in the 50-m breaststroke at the 2000 European Aquatics Championships in Helsinki, finishing behind Agnes Kovacs of Hungary.[5]

2001[edit]

Baker won the bronze medal in the 50-m breaststroke at the 2001 FINA World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, finishing with a time of 31.40.[6]

2002[edit]

Baker represented England at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester winning the gold medal in the women's 50 m breaststroke in a time of 30.60 seconds.[7] She also set a world record of 30.57 seconds in the semifinal round of the same event, breaking the previous mark set by Penny Heyns of South Africa.[8] In addition, she set a short-course world record with a mark of 30.53 seconds at the South African National Short Championships in Durban,[9] then surpassed that mark later in the same month.[10]

2003[edit]

In 2003 Baker collected another medal in the 50-m breaststroke, a bronze at the 2003 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona behind Chinese swimmer Luo Xuejuan.[11]

2006[edit]

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne she was 4th in the same event, this time representing New Zealand.[12]

2012[edit]

In January 2012 Baker switched her allegiance back to Great Britain for international swimming competitions.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Baker is the Head Coach of the Bournemouth Collegiate School Swimming Academy.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC. "Baker to make New Zealand switch". 17 December 2004. Retrieved on 14 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Zoë Baker's Website. Retrieved 21 June 2013
  3. ^ BBC. "Baker sets new 50 metre record". 29 July 1999. Retrieved on 14 June 2013.
  4. ^ BBC. "Double silver for British swimmers". 30 July 1999. Retrieved on 14 June 2013.
  5. ^ Ballard, Bob. "Brave Baker claims silver". BBC, 10 August 2000. Retrieved on 14 June 2013.
  6. ^ BBC. "Baker takes bronze". 27 July 2001. Retrieved on 14 June 2013.
  7. ^ Henderson, Charlie. "Baker charges to gold". BBC, 31 July 2002. Retrieved on 14 June 2013.
  8. ^ BBC. "Baker smashes world record". 30 July 2002. Retrieved on 14 June 2013.
  9. ^ BBC. "Briton sets world record". 5 January 2002. Retrieved on 14 June 2013.
  10. ^ BBC. "Baker breaks world record". 27 January 2002. Retrieved on 14 June 2013.
  11. ^ BBC. "Phelps ends on high". 27 July 2003. Retrieved on 14 June 2013.
  12. ^ BBC. "Swimming: 50m breaststroke". 19 March 2006. Retrieved on 14 June 2013.
Records
Preceded by
South Africa Penelope Heyns
Women's 50-metre breaststroke
world record holder (long course)

30 July 2002 – 31 July 2005
Succeeded by
Australia Jade Edmistone
Preceded by
Sweden Emma Igelström
Women's 50-metre breaststroke
world record holder (short course)

4 January 2002 – 17 January 2002
Succeeded by
China Luo Xuejuan
Preceded by
Sweden Emma Igelström
Women's 50-metre breaststroke
world record holder (short course)

27 January 2002 – 14 March 2002
Succeeded by
Sweden Emma Igelström