Great Scot - Ian Edmond – LEN

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Ian Edmond

Great Scot – Ian Edmond

Swimmer turned doctor Ian Edmond had a short breaststroke career, but one which brought plenty of success.

Born in Reading, Edmond moved to Edinburgh in 1996 to study medicine, and he forged a fine career in the pool.

He was one of the first members of the City of Edinburgh Performance Team, and he quickly established himself as one of the world’s fastest.

2001 was Edmond’s breakthrough year and the European Short Course Championships were the stage, securing silver in the 200m breaststroke in Antwerp.

He rose to fame that year when he broke David Wilkie’s 25-year-old Scottish record, while also breaking the British record, which had stood for ten years.

His success saw him take a two-year break from studies to concentrate on a bid for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, bolstered by gold at the 2003 European Short Course Championships in Dublin.

He also grabbed a silver medal at the World Championships in Barcelona in a British record time of 2:10:92.

However, in Athens he suffered heartbreak as he was disqualified from his semi-final. On course for a place in the final, he was adjudged to have made a dolphin kick off a turn, a decision he disagreed with.

Following the Olympics, he had an operation on a knee injury which had blighted him for so long. Slow recovery signalled the end of his career, retiring from competitive swimming in 2005 to focus on medicine.

“I was forced to have an operation on a torn meniscus. It helped me to make the final decision,” said Edmond.

“I asked myself what else I wanted to achieve in the sport. Realistically I couldn’t justify another four years concentrating on Beijing as I had already taken four years out from my degree ahead of Athens.

“I used to combine study and swimming, but I just missed out on making the Sydney team, so I had a decision to make and I chose swimming. The time is now right for me to choose medicine.”

Throughout his career, Edmond held two Commonwealth records, one European record, two British records and eight Scottish records, going down as a trailblazer in British swimming.