Chris Walker-Hebborn

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Chris Walker-Hebborn
Personal information
Full name Christopher James Walker-Hebborn
Nickname(s) "Chris"
National team  Great Britain
Born (1990-07-01) 1 July 1990 (age 27)
Enfield, London
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club University of Bath

Christopher James Walker-Hebborn (born 1 July 1990) is an English swimmer who competed for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1] A successful youth and junior athlete, Walker-Hebborn achieved a breakout year in 2014, winning two Commonwealth Games titles and three European Championship titles, including the Commonwealth Games and European Championships 100-metre backstroke gold medals.

A key member of the England and Great Britain medley relay teams, he formed part of the world record breaking, world title winning Great Britain mixed medley team at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships. He also won gold medals as part of the England men's medley relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and both men's and mixed medlay relay teams at the 2014 European Aquatics Championships, again with Great Britain. In 2016 he was part of the Great Britain team to retain both the men's and mixed medley relay titles, his fourth and fifth European golds. At the 2016 Rio olympics he won a silver medal as part of the men's 4 × 100 m medley relay.

Early career[edit]

He is currently based at the University of Bath, where he trains at one of British Swimming's Intensive Training Centres. As a teenager he spent two years at the British Offshore Centre in Australia at The Southport School, from 2006 to 2008.

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.[2]

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.

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.

Chris Walker-Hebborn with the gold-winning team in 4 × 100 m mixed medley at the 2015 Kazan World Championship

Competition results[edit]

International competition Event Time Position
World Championships 2009 200 m backstroke 1:56.05 (former NR) 9th
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


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