Aschwin Wildeboer Faber

Aschwin Wildeboer Faber (born 14 February 1986 in Sabadell, Spain) is a Spanish Olympic backstroke swimmer of Dutch origin.[1]

Aschwin Wildeboer
Personal information
Full nameAschwin Wildeboer Faber
Nationality Spain
Born (1986-02-14) 14 February 1986
Sabadell, Spain
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb; 12 st 8 lb)


His parents, both born and raised in Netherlands, moved to Spain in 1978 and settled in Sabadell, where his father Paulus Wildeboer became the head coach of the local swimming club, called Club Natació Sabadell. He and his parents now live in Denmark, because his father is the Danish national team coach.


Both Aschwin and his older brother, Olaf, a freestyle swimmer, represented Spain at the 2004 Summer Olympics. At the 2004 Olympics, Aschwin was eliminated in the qualifying heats of the 100 m and 200 m backstroke. Since 2004, Aschwin has continued to swim internationally for Spain; however, Olaf began swimming for the Netherlands at the 2006 European Championships.

Aschwin swam again for Spain in the 2008 Summer Olympics, achieving a new Spanish record in the 100 m backstroke (53.51) and finishing seventh.

On 21 December 2008, while swimming at the Spanish Short Course Championships, Wildeboer broke the men's 100-meter backstroke world record with a time of 49.20 seconds—0.13 seconds faster than the previous world record set by Stanislav Donets.

On 1 July 2009, in the Mediterranean Games held in Pescara (Italy), Wildeboer broke the men's 100 m backstroke long course World Record with a time of 52.38—0.16 seconds faster than the previous world record set by Aaron Peirsol in the Beijing Olympics the previous year. Peirsol soon reclaimed the world record.

See also


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Aschwin Wildeboer Faber". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
Preceded by
Aaron Peirsol
Men's 100 metre backstroke
world record holder (long course)

1 July 2009 8 July 2009
Succeeded by
Aaron Peirsol

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