Bart Swings

Bart Swings (born 12 February 1991) is a Belgian long track speed skater and multiple European[2] and world champion inline speed skater.[3] He is the world record holder on 10,000 m inline speed skating with 14:41.425.

Bart Swings
Bart Swings.jpg
Personal information
NationalityBelgian
Born (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 30)
Herent, Belgium
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
Sport
CountryBelgium
SportSpeed skating
Event(s)Mass start
Turned pro2010
Medal record
Representing  Belgium
Men's speed skating
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2018 Pyeongchang Mass start
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Hamar Allround
World Single Distances Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2021 Heerenveen Mass start
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2020 Heerenveen Mass start
Silver medal – second place 2016 Minsk Allround
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Heerenveen Allround
Men's inline speed skating
World Games
Gold medal – first place 2017 Wrocław Road 20k elimination
Gold medal – first place 2017 Wrocław Road 10k points
Gold medal – first place 2013 Cali Track 10k elimination
Gold medal – first place 2013 Cali Road 20k elimination
Silver medal – second place 2017 Wrocław Track 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2013 Cali Track 1000 m
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Cali Road 10k points
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Ostend Track 10k points
Gold medal – first place 2013 Ostend Track 3k relay
Gold medal – first place 2013 Ostend Track 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2013 Ostend Road 10k points
Gold medal – first place 2012 A. Piceno Road 20k elimination
Gold medal – first place 2012 A. Piceno Road marathon
Gold medal – first place 2012 A. Piceno Road 5k relay
Gold medal – first place 2011 Yeosu Track 10k points
Gold medal – first place 2010 Guarne Road 20k elimination
Gold medal – first place 2010 Guarne Road 10k points
Gold medal – first place 2009 Haining Track 10k points
Silver medal – second place 2012 A. Piceno Track 10k points
Silver medal – second place 2011 Yeosu Track 15k elimination
Silver medal – second place 2011 Yeosu Road 20k elimination
Silver medal – second place 2011 Yeosu Road 10k points
Silver medal – second place 2010 Guarne Track 20k elimination
Silver medal – second place 2010 Guarne Track 10k points
Silver medal – second place 2009 Haining Road 20k elimination
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Ostend Road marathon
Bronze medal – third place 2012 A. Piceno Track 20k elimination
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Yeosu Track 3k relay
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Yeosu Road 5k relay
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guarne Road marathon
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2018 Ostend Road marathon
Gold medal – first place 2017 Lagos Road marathon
Gold medal – first place 2017 Lagos Track 3k relay
Gold medal – first place 2016 Heerde Road 20k elimination
Gold medal – first place 2015 Wörgl Track 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2015 Wörgl Track 10k points-elim
Gold medal – first place 2015 Wörgl Road marathon
Gold medal – first place 2014 Geisingen Track 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2014 Geisingen Track 3k relay
Gold medal – first place 2014 Geisingen Road 20k elimination
Gold medal – first place 2014 Geisingen Road 5k relay
Gold medal – first place 2013 Almere Road marathon
Gold medal – first place 2012 Szeged Track 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2011 Heerde Track 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2011 Heerde Track 10k points-elim
Gold medal – first place 2011 Heerde Track 15k elimination
Gold medal – first place 2011 Heerde Road 20k elimination
Gold medal – first place 2011 Heerde Road 10k points
Gold medal – first place 2011 Heerde Road 5k relay
Gold medal – first place 2010 S. Benedetto Track 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2010 S. Benedetto Track 10k points-elim
Gold medal – first place 2010 S. Benedetto Road 20k elimination
Gold medal – first place 2010 S. Benedetto Road 10k points
Gold medal – first place 2010 S. Benedetto Road 5k relay
Gold medal – first place 2009 Ostend Track 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2009 Ostend Track 10k points-elim
Gold medal – first place 2009 Ostend Track 3k relay
Gold medal – first place 2009 Ostend Road 5k relay
Gold medal – first place 2009 Ostend Road marathon
Silver medal – second place 2017 Lagos Track 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2017 Lagos Track 10 k points
Silver medal – second place 2016 Heerde Track 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2015 Wörgl Track 15k elimination
Silver medal – second place 2015 Wörgl Road 10k points
Silver medal – second place 2015 Wörgl Road 20k elimination
Silver medal – second place 2010 S. Benedetto Track 3k relay
Silver medal – second place 2009 Ostend Track 15k elimination
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Wörgl Track 3k relay
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Geisingen Road 5k relay
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Szeged Track 15k elimination
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Szeged Track 3k relay
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Ostend Road 20k elimination

CareerEdit

In his first world championship speed skating, the 2011 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Inzell, Germany, he finished 17th in the 5000 m.[4]

At the 2012 World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Moscow, he finished 9th overall, with a personal record at the 500 m and a national record at the 1500 m.[5]

At the 2013 World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Hamar, he finished 3rd overall and took the Bronze medal back home to Belgium.

At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, he won a silver medal in the 1st ever Mass start at the Winter Olympics.

At the 2019 World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships, he was on his way to win gold in the men's mass start but crashed on the final lap, costing him the podium.

At the 2021 World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships, he won bronze in the men's mass start, winning his first ever medal in a World Single Distances Speed Skating Championship event.

At The World Games, he has won seven medals, of which four are gold. He won two gold, one silver and one bronze at The World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia and two gold and one silver at The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Swings is currently studying for an engineer's degree at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.[6]

His brother Maarten Swings and Ferre Spruyt also make the combination of inline speed skating and speed skating, both participating in the inlineskating world championships and qualifying for the ISU Speed Skating World Cup.

Personal recordsEdit

Personal records[7]
Men's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 36.46 7 November 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1000 m 1.09.28 14 November 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1500 m 1:42.48 15 November 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary Current Belgian record.[8]
3000 m 3:38.03 21 October 2016 Eisstadion Inzell, Inzell Current Belgian record.[8]
5000 m 6:11.54 11 December 2017 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current Belgian record.[8]
10000 m 12:57.31 21 November 2015 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current Belgian record.[8]
Team pursuit 3:45.64 16 November 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current Belgian record (with Ferre Spruyt and Maarten Swings).[9]

As of 23 November 2015, his highest ranking on the all-time Adelskalender is 11th.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Interview with Bart Swings, leader of Powerslide Matter World Team". OLS roller-skating magazine. online-skating.com. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  2. ^ van Stiphout, Marc (8 August 2011). "13 maal goud voor België op EK skeeleren". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Tweede wereldtitel voor Bart Swings". Het Nieuwsblad. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  4. ^ Jacobs, Hans (12 March 2011). "Bart Swings maakt knap WK-debuut op ijs". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Bart Swings negende op WK allround, vijfde keer goud voor Kramer". Het Laatste Nieuws (in Dutch). Belga. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  6. ^ Vandeweghe, Hans (11 March 2011). "* Sport Gevonden: Belg met schaatstalent". De Standaard. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Bart Swings". speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d "National Records – Belgium (BEL)". speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  9. ^ "België met nieuwe recordtijd elfde in ploegenachtervolging". Het Laatste Nieuws (in Dutch). Belga. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  10. ^ Stenlund, Evert. "Adel". Retrieved 23 November 2015.

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