Chris Walker-Hebborn

02 March 2011

Chris Walker-Hebborn with his 4x100m medley relay silver medal. Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic medallist celebrations, October 12 2016. PICTURE: Clare Green for Matchtight

Sport: Swimming
Date and Place of Birth: 1990, Bury St Edmunds, UK
Coached by: Dave McNulty and Graeme Antwhistle
Arrived at Bath: February 2009
University of Bath course of study: Personal Training/Fitness Instructor


Chris, who trains at British Swimming’s National Training Centre at the University of Bath, appeared at the London 2012 Olympics, an achievement he followed up impressively when he struck double gold at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (100m backstroke gold and helped the England 4x100m medley relay quartet to gold in a Commonwealth Games record).

In August 2015, Chris was part of the Team GB quartet who set a new world record in the 4x100m medley relay event at the World Championships in Kazan.

That victory capped an impressive period for Chris and in April 2016 his hard work paid off when he was selected by Team GB to compete in the 100m backstroke event for a second successive Olympic Games.

Road to Rio

L-R: Duncan Scott, Adam Peaty, Chris Walker-Hebborn and James Guy of Great Britain display their Silver medals during the medal ceremony of the Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final of the Swimming events of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13 August 2016. Photo: Lukas Schulze/dpa

Chris missed out on the final of the men’s 100m backstroke with a time of 53.75s in the semi-final event.

However, later in the Games he teamed up with Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott to secure a silver medal in the 4x100m medley relay.

The quartet achieved a new British record with a time of 3:29.24, denied gold only by the Olympic record-setting American team.

“I left everything in the pool,” Chris said. “I am pretty emotional but I definitely thank these boys for helping me get there.”

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