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Roland Schoeman

Full name: Roland Mark Schoeman
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: July 3, 1980 in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Affiliations: TuksSport, Pretoria (RSA) / Northern Tigers, (RSA) / Arizona Wildcats, Tucson (USA)
Country: RSA South Africa
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

On the opening weekend of the Olympic swimming tournament in Athens, the South African relay squad upset the usual favorites from the United States, Australia and Russia. Roland Schoeman opened with a 48.17 first leg, giving his team a one-second lead that they would not relinquish. This performance upgraded him from an outsider to a favorite for the individual events, and Schoeman didn't disappoint, coming second in the 100 freestyle (won by Pieter van den Hoogenband in 48.17) and third in the 50 metres. At the 2005 World Championships, he also medaled three times, winning both the 50 free and 50 fly, and placing second in the 100 freestyle. He retained his 50 butterfly title (not an Olympic event) in Melbourne 2007, and won three golds at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in the same city. Schoeman has broken a world record on eight occasions, mostly in short-course event, but also once (50 m butterfly) in the Olympic-sized pool. At the height of his career, Schoeman was asked by Qatar to switch nationalities, but declined.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Swimming Men's 50 metres Freestyle South Africa RSA 11
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle South Africa RSA 15
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay South Africa RSA 11
2004 Summer 24 Athina Swimming Men's 50 metres Freestyle South Africa RSA 3 Bronze
2004 Summer 24 Athina Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle South Africa RSA 2 Silver
2004 Summer 24 Athina Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay South Africa RSA 1 Gold
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Swimming Men's 50 metres Freestyle South Africa RSA 7
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay South Africa RSA 7
2012 Summer 32 London Swimming Men's 50 metres Freestyle South Africa RSA 6
2012 Summer 32 London Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay South Africa RSA 5

Men's 50 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Swimming South Africa Semi-Finals Heat Two 6 22.41
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Swimming South Africa Round One Heat Ten 4 QU 22.53
2004 Summer 24 Athina Swimming South Africa Final 3 22.02
2004 Summer 24 Athina Swimming South Africa Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 21.99
2004 Summer 24 Athina Swimming South Africa Round One Heat Eleven 3T QU 22.41
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Swimming South Africa Final 7 21.67 0.64 2
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Swimming South Africa Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 21.74 0.66 3
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Swimming South Africa Round One Heat Thirteen 1 QU 21.76 0.66 3
2012 Summer 32 London Swimming South Africa Final 6 21.80 0.65
2012 Summer 32 London Swimming South Africa Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 Q 21.88 0.64
2012 Summer 32 London Swimming South Africa Round One Heat Seven 1 Q 21.92 0.62

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Swimming South Africa Semi-Finals Heat Two 7 49.84
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Swimming South Africa Round One Heat Ten 4T QU 49.74
2004 Summer 24 Athina Swimming South Africa Final 2 48.23
2004 Summer 24 Athina Swimming South Africa Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 48.39
2004 Summer 24 Athina Swimming South Africa Round One Heat Eight 4 QU 49.68

Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS RT L 5dT ET ER
2000 Summer 20 Sydney Swimming South Africa RSA Round One Heat Two 5 3:21.28 50.19 50.19
2004 Summer 24 Athina Swimming South Africa RSA Final 1 WR 3:13.17 48.17 48.17
2004 Summer 24 Athina Swimming South Africa RSA Round One Heat One 1 QU 3:13.84 48.38 48.38
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Swimming South Africa RSA Final 7 3:12.66 48.32 2:24.58 0.24 7
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Swimming South Africa RSA Round One Heat Two 3 QU 3:13.06 48.85 1:37.05 0.45 3
2012 Summer 32 London Swimming South Africa RSA Final 5 48.27 0.10 22.68 3:13.45 5
2012 Summer 32 London Swimming South Africa RSA Round One Heat One 2 49.00 0.61 23.13 49.00 3
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