Aleksander Hetland

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Aleksander Hetland
Alex world champs3.jpg
Indianapolis, IN, USA (2004)
Personal information
Nationality  Norway
Born (1982-12-26) December 26, 1982 (age 34)
Tromsø, Norway
Sport Swimming
Club Bærumsvømmerne
College team Southern Methodist University

Aleksander Hetland (born December 26, 1982 in Tromsø)[1] is a Norwegian swimmer. Hetland, who represents Bærumssvømmerne,[2] has his strength in the medley events. He became world champion in the men's 50 metre breaststroke in the 2012 Short Course Worlds in Istanbul.

At the 2004 Short Course Worlds in Indianapolis, IN, USA, Hetland finished fourth in the 100 m individual medley, setting the Norwegian Record with his time of 54.44.[2]

He claimed his first international swimming medal at the 2006 Short Course European Championships in Helsinki where he received the bronze medal in the 100 m individual medley, improving his Norwegian Record to 53.70. Hetland followed that up with success at the 2007 SC Europeans, winning the silver medal on 50 m breaststroke and setting a new Nordic Record, with 26.93. In 2009 he won gold medal in the 50m breaststroke gold in the European short course championship in Istanbul.

He is a former member of Asker svømmeklubb.

Hetland has announced that he will retire from the sport after the 2012 season.[3]

Hetland participated in the Norwegian reality show "Mesternes Mester" which aired in 2015, and won in the final duel against previous biathlon athlete Frode Andresen.

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  1. ^ Hetland's bio page from the 2008 Olympics website; retrieved 2009-07-01.
  2. ^ a b Listing of Norwegian Records, retrieved from on 2009-07-15.
  3. ^ Swimming: World Short Course gold for Hetland The Norway Post, December 17, 2012