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Andrew WILLIS
Sport Swimming
NOC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Born03 Dec 1990 in Frimley, ENG
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Bath, ENG
Languages
English
Higher education
Chemical Engineering - University of Bath: England
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
His family was involved in the sport.
International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
England
Tournament
Commonwealth Games
Location
Delhi, IND
General Interest
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
Famous relatives
His father Nigel has served as head coach of Bracknell and Wokingham Swimming Club in England. His sister Kathryn has competed in swimming at national level. (telegraph.co.uk, 02 Aug 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from competitive swimming in July 2018, stating that his appearances at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016 had been the highlight of his career. "For me the moment that will stay with me forever will be when I came out at London. The atmosphere and noise was just exhilarating. Rio was probably my highlight in terms of being the best prepared and giving my best performance, but London was definitely special." (britishswimming.org, 19 Jul 2018)

UNLUCKY NUMBER FOUR
He has finished in fourth place in the 200m breaststroke at five separate major tournaments - the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation, the 2014 European Championships in Berlin, Germany, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He also placed fourth in the 200m breaststroke at the 2014 European Short Course Championships in Herning, Denmark. "I feel like when I do finish swimming four will be my lucky number." (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Aug 2017; inews.co.uk, 11 Aug 2016; theguardian.com, 11 Aug 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Breaststroke 2:07.78
8 2012 London, ENG 200m Breaststroke 2:09.44 
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:08.52
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Breaststroke 2:09.13
8 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:11.29
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Breaststroke 2:02.71 
Semifinal 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Breaststroke 57.84
5 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Breaststroke 2:03.29
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 London, ENG 200m Breaststroke 2:12.88
4 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:09.19
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 1:00.88
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Breaststroke 2:02.76
Semifinal 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Breaststroke 58.33
Semifinals 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Breaststroke 58.52
4 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Breaststroke 2:02.99
29 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Breaststroke 27.97
15 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Breaststroke 59.50
7 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Breaststroke 2:06.32
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
41 2014   Overall  
2 2014 Singapore, SGP 200m Breaststroke 2:05.97
3 2014 Singapore, SGP 100m Breaststroke 59.28