Sydney Battersby - Hall Of Fame Pioneer

Sydney Battersby (GBR)
BirthplacePlatt Bridge, United Kingdom Current City
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Birthplace:Platt Bridge, United Kingdom
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Country:United Kingdom
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  • Earned the silver medal in the 1500m freestyle at the 1908 Olympic Games as bronze as part of the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 1912 Olympics.
  • Broke three world records in freestyle events and won five ASA National titles.
  • Set a total of three world records in freestyle events.
  • 1908 Olympic Games: Silver (1500m freestyle)
  • 1912 Olympic Games: Bronze (4x200m freestyle relay)
  • Won five ASA National Championship titles
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At his birth in 1887, the competitive swimming stroke of preference was the trudgen stroke. Sydney Battersby mastered it for his swimming.

Battersby swam for England at a time when Hall of Famers Henry Taylor, John Jarvis and Frank Beaurepaire were dominating world competition. Sandwiched between Taylor and Beaurepaire, Battersby won the 1500m silver medal at the 1908 Olympic Games. He set three world records in freestyle events and won five ASA National Championships, all but one of them in 1909.

At the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Battersby was past his prime, but helped is team win the bronze medal in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay behind Australia and the United States.