Paul Palmer

03 February 2011

Event: 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle

Date and Place of Birth: 18 October 1974, Lincoln, UK

Coached by: Ian Turner

Occupation: Athlete


Initially training in his home town of Lincoln by Ian Turner, Paul Palmer was one of Great Britain’s most successful swimmers of the 1990s.

He qualified for the 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, where he finished 9th position in the 200m, and 10th in the 400m.

After his experiences in Barcelona, Paul and his coach Ian relocated to the pool here at the University of Bath in order to give Paul best chance of success at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996.

The move worked perfectly and in 1996, Paul Palmer won the 400m freestyle silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics. He then went on to secure gold at the European Long Course Championships in Seville in 1997, as he claimed victory in the 200m freestyle.

Career highlights:

Gold – 200m freestyle, European Long Course Championships, Seville, Spain, 1997
Silver – 400m freestyle, Olympic Summer Games, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 1996

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