William Foster (swimmer)

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William Foster
Personal information
Full name William Foster
Nickname(s) "Willie"
National team  Great Britain
Born (1890-07-10)10 July 1890
Haslingden, England
Died 17 December 1963(1963-12-17) (aged 73)
Fylde, England
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Bacup Amateur Swimming Club

William Foster (10 July 1890 – 17 December 1963) was an English competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. He was freestyle swimmer who won gold and bronze medals as a member of British relay teams, and set a world record in the 4x200-metre freestyle relay.

At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, he won the gold medal as part of the British 4×200-metre freestyle relay team and did not compete in any other competition. In the 400-metre freestyle final he finished fourth and in the 1500-metre freestyle event he was eliminated in the semi-finals.

Four years later at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, he won the bronze medal as part of the British 4×200-metre freestyle relay team. In the 400-metre freestyle competition as well as in the 1500-metre freestyle event he was eliminated in the semi-finals.

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