|Full name||William Grant Diering|
7 May 1986 |
Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lb)|
William Grant Diering (born May 7, 1986 in Sandton, Gauteng) is a South African swimmer, who specialized in breaststroke events. Diering posted his record of 2:06.85 to earn a bronze in the 200 m breaststroke at the 2008 FINA World Short Course Championships in Manchester, England.
Diering qualified for the men's 200 m breaststroke at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, by breaking a new South African record and clearing a FINA A-standard entry time of 2:11.88 from the national championships. Diering lowered his African record to 2:10.39 to take an eighth spot for the semifinals in the preliminary heats, just 0.11 of a second ahead of his teammate Neil Versfeld. Followed by the next morning's session, Diering failed to qualify for the final, as he finished his semifinal run in twelfth place with a time of 2:10.21.
Shortly after the Olympics, Diering edged out Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli by nearly two seconds to claim the 200 m breaststroke title at the African Swimming Championships in Johannesburg with a time of 2:16.00.
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