Robin Francis

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Robin Francis
Personal information
Full name Robin James Francis
National team  Great Britain
Born (1982-04-20) 20 April 1982 (age 36)
Durban, South Africa
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 110 kg (240 lb; 17 st)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Individual Medley, Breaststroke, Freestyle
Club University of Bath
Coach Andrei Vorontsov

Robin James Francis (born 20 April 1982) is a South African-born former international swimmer who represented Great Britain for over ten years, competing at the Olympic Games, World and European Championships. He had an illustrious Junior International career winning individual Youth Olympic and Junior European medals. He dominated the medley disciplines for over four consecutive years as Senior British Champion and multiple record holder. Robin's 400m medley SC British record stood for six years.

As a Senior International, Francis was a two-time European silver medallist in the 400 metre individual medley (2001, 2003). He also won silver at the 2004 World Championships in the same event. His 2001 performance was the fifth fastest in history and ranked him second in the world. As a result he was awarded with the prestigious 'Best International Newcomer' Award. He was consistently ranked inside the top two by the FINA world rankings and in 2003 went underneath the long standing European SC record held by Dutch great Marcel Wouda. Olympic and World Record holder Lazlo Czech set the new record by narrowly beating Francis.

At the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona, Francis was drafted in at short notice to compete in the men's 4 x 200-metre freestyle relay. He posted the fastest team split of 1.48.53 helping his team finish sixth and achieve Great Britain a place on the 2004 Olympic programme.

At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Francis competed in the men's 200-metre individual medley, reaching the semi-final, and the 400-metre individual medley finishing 12th. He chose not to compete in the 200m freestyle at the Olympic trials as the event clashed with his medley ones.

Francis retired from swimming in early 2006 at the young age of 23 and turned his attention to strength and conditioning, personal training, coaching and mentoring. Francis has successfully headed programmes in South Africa and the UK, and spent four years at Kelly College (now Mount Kelly) developing and leading the Performance Squad both as a swimming and strength and conditioning coach. During this time he successfully coached Hannah Russell to become World Champion and multi medallist in the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal, Canada.

Francis is a graduate and full blue recipient from the University of Bath where he resides with his six year old daughter, Daisy Gloria.

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