William Diering

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William Diering
Personal information
Full name William Grant Diering
Nationality  South Africa
Born (1986-05-07) 7 May 1986 (age 29)
Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club TuksSport

William Grant Diering (born May 7, 1986 in Sandton, Gauteng) is a South African swimmer, who specialized in breaststroke events.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5][6] 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.[7]

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.[8]


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