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.
2009 FINA World Cup, Moscow
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.