Chris Walker-Hebborn

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Chris Walker-Hebborn
Personal information
Nickname(s) Poppet
Nationality British
Born (1990-07-01) 1 July 1990 (age 23)
Enfield, London
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Backstroke
Club University of Bath

Chris Walker-Hebborn (born 1 July 1990 in Enfield, London, England) is an English swimmer who competed for Team GB at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He is currently based at the University of Bath, where he trains at one of British Swimming's Intensive Training Centres.

In March 2009, he qualified for his first senior World Championships after beating event favourite James Goddard in the 200 m backstroke at the British Championships, held in Sheffield.[1]

Walker-Hebborn's preliminary heat performance in Rome secured him a place in the semifinals where, as one of the few swimmers not wearing the controversial[clarification needed] full body suit. This is when he set a new British record to become a finalist. The record was to stand only briefly, as he broke it again in the finals (1:56.05), placing 9th.

The teenager spent two years at the British Offshore Centre in Australia at The Southport School, from 2006 to 2008. He was offered a scholarship at Florida State University in January 2009 but returned to his Bury St. Edmunds home after just a few weeks due to lack of long course training.

In April 2011 he joined the Ellesmere College Titans swimming team, where he will swim in the National Arena League and other competitions, and help with coaching.[2]

In April 2014, Walker-Hebborn signed a sponsorship contract with swimwear brand blueseventy, just in time for the British Gas Swimming Championships where he won the 50m and 100m backstroke events.

Competition results[edit]

International competition Event Time Position
World Championships 2009 200 m backstroke 1:56.05 (NR) 9th
World Youth Championships 2008 4×200 m freestyle relay 7:20.18 GOLD
4×100 m medley relay 3:41.69 GOLD
100 m backstroke 56.04 BRONZE
European Junior Championships 2008 200 m backstroke 1:59.61 GOLD
4×100 m medley relay 3:39.75 GOLD
100 m backstroke 55.44 GOLD
4×200 m freestyle relay 7:19.98 GOLD
4×100 m freestyle relay 3:21.11 4th
European Junior Championships 2007 4×100 m medley relay (heats only) 3:44.29 SILVER
4×200 m freestyle relay 7:22.46 4th
100 m backstroke 57.25 5th
200 m backstroke 2:03.06 6th
200 m freestyle (heats) 1:52.62 6th
Domestic competition Event Time Position
British Championships 2014 100 m backstroke 53.82 GOLD
50 m backstroke 25.09 GOLD
British Championships 2011 100 m backstroke 55.41 SILVER
200 m backstroke 2:01.94 BRONZE
British Championships 2010 200 m backstroke 1:57.39 SILVER
100 m backstroke 54.78 SILVER
200 m freestyle 1:49.98 6th
British Championships 2009 200 m backstroke 1:57.95 GOLD
100 m backstroke 54.96 SILVER
200 m freestyle 1:48.99 5th
ASA National Youth Championships 2007 200 m freestyle 1:51.87 GOLD
100 m backstroke 57.13 GOLD
200 m backstroke 2:02.69 GOLD
200 m individual medley 2:07.45 5th
100 m freestyle 52.50 5th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Poppet' backs himself for a stroke of fortune". The Independent. 2009-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Olympic swimming hope Chris Walker-Hebborn joins Titans". BBC News. 2011-04-12. . Chris's father is a global Change manager.

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