Darian Townsend

Darian Roy Townsend (born 28 August 1984) is a competition swimmer and Olympic gold medalist who competed for South Africa. He became a U.S. citizen during the summer of 2014, and has subsequently represented the United States in international events.

Darian Townsend
Personal information
Full nameDarian Roy Townsend
National team South Africa
 United States
Born (1984-08-28) 28 August 1984
Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight87 kg (192 lb)
StrokesFreestyle, medley
ClubYMCA Westside Silverfins
College teamUniversity of Florida
University of Arizona

He was born in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Townsend was a member of the South African men's 4×100 metre freestyle relay team that won gold and broke the world record at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.[1]

Townsend attended the University of Arizona, where he swam for the Arizona Wildcats swimming and diving team in 2007 and 2008. He previously attended the University of Florida and competed for the Florida Gators swimming and diving team in 2005 and 2006.

See also


  1. Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Darian Townsend. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Darian Townsend". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.

Preceded by
Ryan Lochte
Men's 200-metre individual medley
world record-holder (short course)

15 November 2009 – 17 December 2010
Succeeded by
Ryan Lochte

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