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Sarah Hardcastle

Full name: Sarah Lucy Hardcastle (-Thomas)
Gender: Female
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: April 9, 1969 in Chelmsford, Essex, Great Britain
Affiliations: Bracknell / Southend Synchro
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Sarah Hardcastle was a teenage prodigy who broke national records and won a European Championship medal at the age of 14. In 1984 she became the youngest British female to win an Olympic medal when she won two medals in the distance freestyle events of the Los Angeles Olympics. Although she had medal success at both the 1985 European and 1986 World Championships and won two titles at the 1986 Commonwealth Games she grew disillusioned from the sport and retired whilst still only 17 years of age. After six years away from the sport she resumed training following the Barcelona Olympics and in 1993 was a member of the British 4x200 m relay team that took a bronze medal at the European Championship. Hardcastle added a Commonwealth Games silver in the relay and an individual bronze in 1994. Her one and only global championship title arrived in 1995 when she won at Short-Course Worlds in the 800 free and the following year in Atlanta she became the first British swimmer to qualify for an individual Olympic final since she herself had performed the feat 12 years earlier. She emigrated to New Zealand where she works as a swimming and fitness instructor.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 15 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1984 Summer 15 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 800 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1984 Summer 15 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 400 metres Individual Medley Great Britain GBR 9
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 9
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming Women's 800 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 8
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming Women's 400 metres Individual Medley Great Britain GBR 19

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1984 Summer 15 Los Angeles Swimming Great Britain Final 2 4:10.27
1984 Summer 15 Los Angeles Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Four 2 QU 4:11.55
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming Great Britain B Final 1 4:14.13
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Four 5 QC 4:14.50

Women's 800 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1984 Summer 15 Los Angeles Swimming Great Britain Final 3 8:32.60
1984 Summer 15 Los Angeles Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat One 1 QU 8:35.87
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming Great Britain Final 8 8:41.75
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Two 1 QU 8:37.54

Women's 400 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1984 Summer 15 Los Angeles Swimming Great Britain B Final 1 4:51.55
1984 Summer 15 Los Angeles Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Three 5 QC 4:55.78
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Four 7 4:54.64