Aschwin Wildeboer Faber
|Full name||Aschwin Wildeboer Faber|
14 February 1986|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb; 12 st 8 lb)|
His parents, both born and raised in Netherlands, moved to Spain in 1978 and settled in Sabadell, where his father Paulus Wildeboer became the head coach of the local swimming club, called Club Natació Sabadell. He and his parents now live in Denmark, because his father is the Danish national team coach.
Both Aschwin and his older brother, Olaf, a freestyle swimmer, represented Spain at the 2004 Summer Olympics. At the 2004 Olympics, Aschwin was eliminated in the qualifying heats of the 100 m and 200 m backstroke. Since 2004, Aschwin has continued to swim internationally for Spain; however, Olaf began swimming for the Netherlands at the 2006 European Championships.
On 21 December 2008, while swimming at the Spanish Short Course Championships, Wildeboer broke the men's 100-meter backstroke world record with a time of 49.20 seconds—0.13 seconds faster than the previous world record set by Stanislav Donets.
On 1 July 2009, in the Mediterranean Games held in Pescara (Italy), Wildeboer broke the men's 100 m backstroke long course World Record with a time of 52.38—0.16 seconds faster than the previous world record set by Aaron Peirsol in the Beijing Olympics the previous year. Peirsol has since reclaimed the world record.
| Men's 100 metre backstroke
world record holder (long course)
1 July 2009 – 8 July 2009
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