Bart Swings

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Bart Swings
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Personal information
Born (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 28)
Herent, Belgium
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
Country Belgium
SportSpeed skating
Turned pro2010

Bart Swings (born 12 February 1991) is a Belgian long track speed skater and multiple European[2] and world champion inline speed skater.[3] He is the world record holder on 10,000 m inline speed skating with 14:41.425.


In his first world championship speed skating, the 2011 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Inzell, Germany, he finished 17th in the 5000 m.[4]

At the 2012 World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Moscow, he finished 9th overall, with a personal record at the 500 m and a national record at the 1500 m.[5]

At the 2013 World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Hamar, he finished 3rd overall and took the Bronze medal back home to Belgium.

At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, he won a silver medal in the 1st ever Mass start at the Winter Olympics.

At The World Games, he has won seven medals, of which four are gold. He won two gold, one silver and one bronze at The World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia and two gold and one silver at The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Swings is currently studying for an engineer's degree at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.[6]

His brother Maarten Swings and Ferre Spruyt also make the combination of inline speed skating and speed skating, both participating in the inlineskating world championships and qualifying for the ISU Speed Skating World Cup.

Personal records[edit]

Personal records[7]
Men's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 36.46 7 November 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1000 m 1.09.28 14 November 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1500 m 1:42.48 15 November 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary Current Belgian record.[8]
3000 m 3:38.03 21 October 2016 Eisstadion Inzell, Inzell Current Belgian record.[8]
5000 m 6:11.54 11 December 2017 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current Belgian record.[8]
10000 m 12:57.31 21 November 2015 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current Belgian record.[8]
Team pursuit 3:45.64 16 November 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current Belgian record (with Ferre Spruyt and Maarten Swings).[9]

As of 23 November 2015, his highest ranking on the all-time Adelskalender is 11th.[10]


  1. ^ "Interview with Bart Swings, leader of Powerslide Matter World Team". OLS roller-skating magazine. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  2. ^ van Stiphout, Marc (8 August 2011). "13 maal goud voor België op EK skeeleren". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Tweede wereldtitel voor Bart Swings". Het Nieuwsblad. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  4. ^ Jacobs, Hans (12 March 2011). "Bart Swings maakt knap WK-debuut op ijs". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Bart Swings negende op WK allround, vijfde keer goud voor Kramer". Het Laatste Nieuws (in Dutch). Belga. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  6. ^ Vandeweghe, Hans (11 March 2011). "* Sport Gevonden: Belg met schaatstalent". De Standaard. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Bart Swings". Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d "National Records – Belgium (BEL)". Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  9. ^ "België met nieuwe recordtijd elfde in ploegenachtervolging". Het Laatste Nieuws (in Dutch). Belga. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  10. ^ Stenlund, Evert. "Adel". Retrieved 23 November 2015.