Shrone Austin

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Shrone Austin
Personal information
Full name Shrone Austin
National team  Seychelles
Born (1989-01-31) 31 January 1989 (age 29)
Victoria, Seychelles
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, breaststroke

Shrone Austin (born January 31, 1989) is a Seychellois swimmer, who specialized in freestyle and breaststroke events.[1] She first competed in the women's 100 m breaststroke at the 2004 Summer Olympics, before turning her sights on the long-distance freestyle at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Apart from her Olympic career, Austin had collected a career total of six medals (three silvers and three bronzes) in two editions of the All-Africa Games (2003 and 2011).[2]

Austin made her own swimming history, as Seychelles' youngest ever athlete (aged 15), at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where she competed in the 100 m breaststroke. Swimming in heat one, she raced to third and forty-third overall in her lifetime best of 1:19.02, almost a full-second margin behind Armenia's Varduhi Avetisyan (0.15) and three-time Olympian and leader Katerine Moreno (0.67).[3][4]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Austin decided to drop her breaststroke specialty, and instead challenge herself with a long-distance freestyle. Swimming against Hungary's Boglárka Kapás, and Thailand's Natthanan Junkrajang (who later forced to pull out from the prelims) in heat one of the 400 m freestyle, Austin came up with a steady swim throughout the race, but could not catch her Hungarian rival near the wall to finish only in second and forty-first at 4:35.86.[5]

Austin also competed in three events at the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne, Australia, she competed in the freestyle events for the 200 metres,[6] the 400 metres[7] and the 800 metres[8] but didn't reach the final in any of the three events.


Austin won the Seychelles Sportswoman of the year in 2003 when she was just 14 years old.[9]


  1. ^ "Shrone Austin". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Belhadj, Chaker (18 October 2003). "South Africa Dominates the African Games, Egypt a Strong Second". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Women's 100m Breaststroke Heat 1". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Stephen (15 August 2004). "Women's 100 Breaststroke Prelims: Aussies Hanson and Jones Qualify One-Two". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 July 2006. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Swimming: Women's 400m Freestyle – Heat 1". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "200m freestyle results". Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "400m freestyle results". thecgf,com. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "800m freestyle results". Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Swimming - Shrone Austin". Retrieved 30 October 2016. 

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