Brenton Rickard

Brenton Scott Rickard[1] (born 19 October 1983) is a retired breaststroke swimmer from Australia.[2] He emerged at the international level in 2006, swimming at the Commonwealth games. He has captured multiple Olympic and World Championship medals, as well as world and Commonwealth records. During this period he was coached by Vince Raleigh.

Brenton Rickard
Personal information
Full nameBrenton Scott Rickard
National team Australia
Born (1983-10-19) 19 October 1983
Brisbane, Queensland
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight92 kg (203 lb)
CoachVince Raleigh

In 2009, he was Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year.[3]

Olympic Games

He arrived in Beijing as a medal contender and a serious threat for the gold medal in all three of his events. He set Australian, Commonwealth and Oceanic records, capturing silver medals in the 200-metre breaststroke and 4×100-metre medley relay, and finished 5th in the 100-metre breaststroke.

  • Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China:
    • 200-metre breaststroke.
    • 4×100-metre medley relay.
    • (5th) 100-metre breaststroke.

FINA World Championships

Rickard's first World Championships were a good one, consistently capturing medals in all of his pet events. No Australian records were set, however his status in the world rankings leapfrogged.

In the final of the 100-metre breaststroke, Rickard won the gold medal and surpassed the old world record of 58.91 held by Kosuke Kitajima with a time of 58.58.[4]

Career best times

Long Course Personal bests
Event Time Record
50 m breaststroke26.95 AUS Record Holder
100 m breaststroke58.58 Former WR Holder
200 m breaststroke2:07.89 Former AUS Record Holder
Short Course Personal bests
Event Time Record
50m Breaststroke26.62 Former AUS Record Holder
100m Breaststroke57.79 Former AUS Record Holder
200m Breaststroke2:04.33

See also


  1. "Results – Tuesday 5 October". BBC Sport. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  2. "Brenton Rickard – Biography". Australian Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
  3. Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year Archived 26 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Rickard sets 1st world record of Day 2". The Associated Press. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
Preceded by
Kosuke Kitajima
Men's 100-metre breaststroke
world record-holder
(long course)

27 July 2009 – 29 July 2012
Succeeded by
Cameron van der Burgh
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ken Wallace and Heath Francis
Australian Athlete of the Year
2009 (with Emma Moffatt)
Succeeded by
Lydia Lassila
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