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Sophie ALLEN
Sport Swimming
NOC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Born21 Mar 1992 in Lincoln, ENG
Height1.70 m
Weight 65 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sleaford, ENG
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim at an early age, and began swimming competitively at age nine with Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club in England.
Why this sport?
"I went swimming with my mum and brother when I was really little, as it was always something mum could do with both of us. My brother then went on to join the local swimming club and I always looked up to him, so I wanted to join too. This eventually brought out my competitive side and I suddenly wanted to beat my brother, and it went from there really."
International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Berlin
General Interest
Hobbies
Baking, cooking, cake decorating, trampolining. (swimming.org, 04 Aug 2013; extras.thetimes.co.uk, 12 Aug 2012; teamgb.com, 26 Jul 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
The final of the 200m individual medley at the British Olympic trials, where she secured qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (swimming.org, 04 Aug 2013)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (swimming.org, 04 Aug 2013)
Injuries
She had four bouts of tonsillitis in the months leading up to the trials for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (sleafordstandard.co.uk, 18 May 2014)

In 2010 she tore cartilage in her left hip. The injury required surgery, and she was on crutches for seven weeks. She missed the 2010 European Championships in Hungary, and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (teamgb.com, 26 Jul 2012; lincolnshireecho.co.uk, 24 May 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"To become an elite athlete you have to put your whole heart into the job. If you are happy, it will make you an even greater swimmer and person." (lincolnshiresport.com, 31 Jul 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named Team Bath Female Athlete of the Month for October 2013. (bathstudent.com, 16 Dec 2013)

She was named 2005 Girls Junior Sportsperson of the Year by English newspaper the Sleaford Standard. (sleafordstandard.co.uk, 10 Jan 2006)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive swimming in February 2015. "After a huge change in circumstance, I have made the decision to leave competitive swimming. Having had my second lot of hip surgery, my road to recovery has led me down a different path. I have competed at a home Olympics, in a world championships final, and a Commonwealth Games; and am now excited to carry all these memories into my next chapter. To everyone who helped me achieve my childhood dreams and goals, you truly were invaluable, I could not have done it without you. Thank you." (swimswam.com, 10 Feb 2015)

EARLY DAYS
At age 13, she won 22 gold medals at the 2005 Lincolnshire Swimming Championships in England, claiming 17 junior titles as well as five in the senior categories. (sleafordstandard.co.uk, 10 Jan 2006)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
21 2012 London, ENG 200m Individual Medley 2:14.72
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Individual Medley 2:11.32
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Breaststroke 1:08.62
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:58.67
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
28 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Breaststroke 2:28.77 
7 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Individual Medley 2:09.16
Semifinal 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Breaststroke 1:06.42
6 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Individual Medley 59.03
5 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:45.85
4 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:51.85
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:11.49
Heats 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:10.56
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Breaststroke 2:24.51
3 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Individual Medley 2:06.86
7 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Breaststroke 1:05.65
4 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.56
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
15 2013   Overall  
2 2013 Beijing, CHN 100m Breaststroke 1:05.74
3 2013 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:06.71
6 2013 Beijing, CHN 50m Breaststroke 30.62
4 2013 Beijing, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:26.01
6 2013 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 31.29
2 2013 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:07.20
4 2013 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:23.17
5 2013 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 1:06.36
2 2013 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 2:06.36
7 2013 Dubai, UAE 50m Breaststroke 30.84
4 2013 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:07.82
2 2013 Dubai, UAE 200m Breaststroke 2:24.85
6 2013 Dubai, UAE 100m Breaststroke 1:07.13
5 2013 Moscow, RUS 100m Breaststroke 1:07.42
8 2013 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 1:01.20
2 2013 Moscow, RUS 200m Individual Medley 2:08.29
4 2013 Moscow, RUS 50m Breaststroke 30.88
2 2013 Moscow, RUS 200m Butterfly 2:07.92
5 2013 Moscow, RUS 100m Individual Medley 1:00.38
3 2013 Singapore, SGP 100m Breaststroke 1:06.73
4 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Individual Medley 2:08.23
5 2013 Singapore, SGP 50m Breaststroke 31.13
4 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 2:08.71
3 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Breaststroke 2:23.36
4 2013 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.24
4 2013 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:22.65
4 2013 Tokyo, JPN 50m Breaststroke 30.35
3 2013 Tokyo, JPN 200m Individual Medley 2:06.69
4 2012   Overall  
4 2012 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 1:06.97
1 2012 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 2:07.52
6 2012 Berlin, GER 100m Individual Medley 1:00.75
3 2012 Moscow, RUS 200m Individual Medley 2:09.50
3 2012 Moscow, RUS 100m Individual Medley 59.98
8 2012 Stockholm, SWE 100m Breaststroke 1:08.44
2 2012 Stockholm, SWE 200m Individual Medley 2:09.05
5 2012 Stockholm, SWE 100m Individual Medley 1:00.80
2 2011 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 2:08.78
2 2008 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 2:11.55