Johannes 'George' du Rand

 World record holder

George was born 16 October 1982 in Bloemfontein, a pupil at St Andrews, was coached by Simon Gray. Later he moved to Tennessee and then the Pretoria Aquatic Club. As of 2008, he is the African and South African record holder in the men's long course 200 m backstroke. He was a member of South Africa's 2008 Olympic team.

He swam collegiate in the United States at the University of Tennessee, where he earned his first All-America honor from his 12th place finish in the 1650 freestyle at the NCAA Championships in a personal best time of 15:09.75...Placed third in both the 500 and 1650 freestyle at the SEC Championships. Took top honors in the 500 free, 1000 free and the 200 fly in the final meet of the season against Florida. Won the 1000 freestyle against Virginia in a personal best time of 9:10.32. Had a total of six wins in dual-meet competition and compiled 75 total points, putting him in fifth place for daul-meet scoring.

At the Fina World Cup (Brazil) in 1999 finished third in the 400 IM ( 4.25.8 ) and fifth in the 200 back ( 2.02.63 )...In 1999 finished second in the 200 back at the All Africa Games in South Africa...National Champion in 1500 free in 2001 at the South African Nationals...Competed in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Scotland in 2000 and received four silvers, two bronze...Swam at the World Youth Games in Moscow in 1998, placed 3rd in 800 free relay.

2009 FINA World Cup, Moscow

Men's 200m Backstroke

South Africa's George Du Rand clocked a surprising world record in the long backstroke with a stunning time of 1:47.08. That effort crushed Markus Rogan's global standard of 1:47.84 set at the 2008 World Short Course Championships. The swim also smashed Du Rand's national record of 1:49.53 set in Durban last month, which stands as the World Cup mark.


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