Brendan Ashby

Brendan Ashby (born June 30, 1980) is a Zimbabwean former swimmer, who specialized in backstroke events.[1] Since 2004, Ashby currently holds two Zimbabwean records in the 100 and 200 m backstroke from the World championships and U.S. invitational meets.[2] He is also a former member of the swimming team for the Alabama Crimson Tide at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Ashby stands 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) and weighs 100 kg (220 lb).

Brendan Ashby
Personal information
Full nameBrendan Ashby
National team Zimbabwe
Born (1980-06-30) 30 June 1980 (age 41)
Gweru, Zimbabwe
Height2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight100 kg (220 lb)
College teamUniversity of Alabama (U.S.)
CoachDon Gambril (U.S.)

Ashby qualified for the men's 100 m backstroke at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, by eclipsing a FINA B-standard entry time of 58.28 from the USA Swimming Grand Prix in Indianapolis, Indiana.[3][4] He challenged seven other swimmers on the second heat, including Olympic veterans Nicholas Neckles of Barbados, George Gleason of the Virgin Islands, and Sung Min of South Korea. Swimming in lane one, Ashby raced to sixth place by a 1.27-second margin behind Gleason in 58.91. Ashby failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed thirty-ninth overall in the preliminaries.[5][6]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Brendan Ashby". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  2. ^ "3 UA swimmers in Olympics". The Tuscaloosa News. 27 April 2004. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Swimming – Men's 100m Backstroke Startlist (Heat 2)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  4. ^ Mochinjo, Enock (16 July 2004). "Swimmers in shape for Olympics". Zimbabwe Independent. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Men's 100m Backstroke Heat 2". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  6. ^ Thomas, Stephen (15 August 2004). "Men's 100 Backstroke Prelims: Japan's Morita Surprises with Fastest Time; Americans Cruise Through". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013.