Great Scot – David Wilkie – LEN


A strong British team will contest the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, featuring four recently-crowned world champions. Here’s our one-stop-shop for getting to know your home heroes that will descend on Tollcross and compete for medals with Europe’s best. Freya Anderson: a Scouse sensation whose inexorable rise shows no signs of slowing. IG – […]
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EuroSwim 2019 in numbers

What a week it was at EuroSwim in Glasgow, with Tollcross crowds given endless thrills, British success and a host of great memories to cherish.  Russia topped the medal table and Great Britain took home their best haul of medals since 2003, continuing the team’s storied relationship with the Glasgow pool. And British teenage sensation Freya Anderson […]
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Kolesnikov reels off double gold as Russia rule on final night at EuroSwim

Kliment Kolesnikov underlined his status as one of swimming’s brightest young stars with two golds inside an hour as Russia dominated the final night of the LEN European Short Course Championships. The 19-year-old broke the 200m long-course backstroke world record in Glasgow last year but didn’t get a fairytale return, crashing out in the 200m […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Hopkin sets up tilt at top step as EuroSwim builds to climax

Europe’s elite scrabbled for lanes in Sunday morning’s heats ahead of a grandstand final night, promising ten back-to-back finals and non-stop drama. With Freya Anderson going for gold once again and Duncan Scott set to race in three finals, it’s set to be a memorable evening with limited tickets still available for the session. Here […]
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Anderson stuns to claim second gold on a magical night at EuroSwim

Freya Anderson did it again. Great Britain’s teenage sensation sent a loud Tollcross crowd wild for a second night running, soaring to 200m freestyle success and thumping her own national record. Then back to anchor her nation to silver in the mixed 4x50m freestyle, taking the medal tally to nine, Anderson is emerging as the […]
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Three Things from Tollcross: Champions back in the pool on sprint Saturday

Day Three heroes rode the wave of their success on Saturday morning as a bumper weekend at EuroSwim gathers pace. Gold medallists from Friday night Freya Anderson, Vladimir Morozov and Katinka Hosszu all dived back into competition and underlined their multiple medal credentials. Here are three things you might have missed from the morning session. […]
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Anderson outshines big names to claim gold on thrilling Friday at EuroSwim

A star is born in Great Britain’s Freya Anderson, who held off a world-class field to win 100m freestyle gold at the LEN European Short Course Championships. Anderson, 18, sealed a maiden international title with aplomb in front of a boisterous home crowd at Tollcross, a superb final two lengths underpinning a personal best 51.49. […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Britain set up frantic Friday night at EuroSwim

Friday at EuroSwim is already coming to the boil after morning heats bubbled away and teed up more medal chances for Britain in the Tollcross pool. After sealing medals on Thursday night, Duncan Scott, Vladimir Morozov and Kira Toussaint returned to the water and showed their class once again. Here are three quick takeaways from […]
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Litchfield bags Britain gold as world record falls at EuroSwim

It’s all on track to Tokyo for Max Litchfield after dominant 400m individual medley gold at the LEN European Short Course Championships. The Yorkshireman, who arrived in Glasgow with an entry time four seconds quicker than any other, delivered Britain’s first EuroSwim gold medal to the delight of a bumper Tollcross crowd. Litchfield’s family, also […]
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Huge volunteer effort forms backbone of smooth running of EuroSwim

More than 225 volunteers have teamed up with Glasgow Life to deliver the LEN European Short Course Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre this week, with applicants from as far away as Hungary and the United Arab Emirates. From directing spectators to their seats, providing information and support to the swimmers and the media, organizing […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Scott’s away on Day Two at EuroSwim

A pulsating first night gave way to a fascinating second morning with the LEN European Short Course Championships well underway. It was Italy atop the medal table after Day One, but eight further champions will be crowned at Tollcross tonight and Britain will be well in the hunt. Here are three things we learned from […]
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Great Scot – David Wilkie

One of Scotland’s most well-known swimming stars David Wilkie saw the height of his career include medals at European, World and Olympic level.

The original Scottish breaststroker had an unbeaten streak of winning races between 1972 and 1976 which culminated in Olympic glory in Montreal.

Wilkie was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka where his Aberdeen parents were stationed and he learned to swim at the local swimming club.

But at the age of 11, he was sent back to Scotland where he was a pupil at Daniel Stewart’s College and joined one of Scotland’s most successful swimming club – Warrender Baths Club.

Under the guidance and inspiration of Frank Thomas, Wilkie honed his breaststroke talent and soon became a regular on the international scene.

Known for his long locks and moustache, Wilkie’s purple patch began at the 1972 Olympics in Munich where he won silver in the 200m breaststroke in a European record despite being ranked 25th going into the competition.

After a move to the United States, where the Scot was studying at the University of Miami, his next success was at the 1973 World Championships in Belgrade when he produced gold in the same event in a world record time.

The Commonwealth Games and European Championships in 1974 saw Wilkie claim the 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley double – including a medley world record at the Europeans.

But his greatest success came at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal where Wilkie set a stunning world record time – which lasted for six years – and prevented the US from collecting a clean sweep of the men’s swimming gold medals.

Wilkie was honoured by the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association when he won the Nancy Riach Memorial Medal Award, given to the person who’s done the most to enhance or uphold the prestige of Scottish Swimming during the year, for the first time in 1970 and won it every year between 1972 and 1976.

Other accolades cemented Wilkie as a legend of Scottish swimming winning British Sports Personality of the Year in 1975, being named European Swimmer of the Year three times and in 2002, he was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

Wilkie has been noted as the first swimmer to wear both goggles and a swimming hat together in competition and since his retirement he has remained active in the development of swimming aids and technology.

Muted as the greatest Scottish and arguably one of the finest British swimmers of all time, Wilkie will forever have his name etched in the history books.