Brendon Dedekind

World Record holder and Olympic Gold Medalist

Brendon was the first South African male to win an international swimming title - when he  won an international championship gold medal in the 50 m freestyle at the 1999 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

Born 14 February 1976 in Pietermaritzburg, he attended Maritzburg College, and swam at the Seals SC. He won an international championship gold medal in the 50 m freestyle at the 1999 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. Nicknamed Skinny Man, he competed in two consecutive Olympics, starting in 1996, when he was a finalist in the 50 m freestyle.

He attended Florida State University 1996-99 and graduated from FSU as the most decorated andaccomplished swimmer in Seminole history. In 1999, he became the first Seminole to win two national championships after taking the 100-yard breaststroke title. His first title came in 1998 with the 50-freestyle. Dedekind also holds the school record for most individual All-America honors with eight and relay accolades with eight. In total, Dedekind won 10 ACC championships, including the 50-free all four years.

28 Aug 1999: Brendon Dedekind of South Africa is congratulated by Gary Hall Junior of the USA after winning the gold medal in the 50 metres freestyle during day seven of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at the Aquatic Centre, Homebush, Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Adam Pretty/ALLSPORT

Click here to see his complete college swimming record at Florida State University

Today he is a director at Signature Flight Support from Avalon Park Group Management, where he served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Leasing.

International Swimming Records

  • Ranked Top 10 in the World over past 5 years, having ranking as high as Number 1
  • Gold Medalist - Goodwill Games, NY, USA 1998
  • Gold Medalist - Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, Sydney, Australia 1999
  • Two Time Gold Medalist - 7th All Africa Games, Johannesburg, RSA 1999
  • Silver Medalist - Commonwealth Games, KL, Malaysia 1998
  • Two time Silver medallist - World SC Championships, Athens, Greece, 2000
  • Bronze Medalist - World Student Games, Sicily, 1997
  • 4th Place - Pan Pacific Championships, Fukuoka, 1997
  • 5th Place - Olympic Games, Atlanta, 1996
  • 6th Place - World Championships, Perth, January 1998

South African Records

Long Course Meters

  • National Champion in the 50m Freestyle (96,97,98,99,00)
  • National Champion in the 100m Freestyle (97,98)

Short Course Meters

  • National Champion in 50m Freestyle (98, 99)
  • National Champion in the 100 Freestyle (98, 99)
  • National Champion in the 50 Breaststroke (98, 99)
    • Commonwealth, South African and Africa Record Holder
  • National Champion in the 100 IM (98)
    • South African and Africa Record Holder
  • National Champion in the 50 Fly (99)

NCAA Records (1996-1999)

  • National Championships
    • 1999 Champion - 100 yd. Breaststroke
    • 1998 Champion - 50 yd. Freestyle
    • Two Time Top 10 Individual Scorer
    • Twenty one time All-American
  • Atlantic Coast Conference Championships
    • 13th Person in history to win the same event in 4 consecutive years
    • Ten time Individual Champion
    • Rookie of the year
    • Two time Swimmer of the Championships (MVP)
    • Three time Swimmer of the year
    • Three Individual and four Relay Championship Records
  • Florida State University
    • Four Time School MVP
    • Only Seminole to Final in 3 individual events at one National Competition
    • Only Seminole to ever finish in the Top 10 Individual Scorers
    • Three Individual Four relay School records
    • Four Time Golden Nole Award Winner

Personal Statistics (as of 7/15/2000)

  • 50 Freestyle
    22.06 LCM – 5th fastest human ever over this distance.
    21.62 SCM
    19.17 SCY

  • 100 Freestyle
    50.50 LCM
    48.12 SCM
    42.96 SCY
  • 50 Breaststroke
    27.1 SCM
  • 100 Breaststroke
    53.16 SCY
  • 100 Individual Medley
    55.41 SCM

Positions of Leadership/Honor

  • South African Flag Bearer – 1997 & 1999 Pan Pacific Swimming Champs
  • South African Team Captain at the 7th All Africa Games (600 Team members)
  • South African Swimming Team Captain – Commonwealth Games 1998
  • South African Swimming Team Captain – Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 1999
  • South African Swimming Team Captain – World Short Course Championships 2000


  • Electrical Engineer - Florida State University – December 1999
  • ODK (National Leadership Honor Society)
  • Numerous Honor Roll, Dean’s List student
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