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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 name Darian Roy Townsend
National team  South Africa
 United States
Born (1984-08-28) 28 August 1984 (age 33)
Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, medley
Club YMCA Westside Silverfins
College team University 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 alsoEdit


  1. ^, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Darian Townsend. Retrieved July 20, 2014.

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

November 15, 2009 – December 17, 2010
Succeeded by
Ryan Lochte