Lyndon Ferns

Olympic gold medalist and world record holder

Lyndon was born 24 September 1983 in Pietersburg. He swam for South Africa at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

At the 2004 Olympics, he was a member of the South Africa's Men's 4×100 m freestyle relay that won the event in a world record. Three of the team were a part of the relay that broke the record and won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

He attended the University of Arizona where he competed at the NCAA level for his four years of eligibility under the tutelage of former-Olympian, world-renowned sprint coach, Rick DeMont. Lyndon hopes one day to return to South Africa.

He is also the holder of the following records:

  • African records: 100 m freestyle, 4×100 m freestyle relay
  • South African records: 100 m freestyle, 100 m butterfly, 4×100 m Freestyle relay

In May 2009, it was announced that he was part of South Africa's team to the 2009 World Championships.

In April 2011, Lyndon retired from competitive swimming.

Click here to see all of his Olympic results

Lyndon swam for the University of Arizona, who has this information about him on their website:

Personal Bests,

50 free - 19.78
100 free - 43.55
200 free - 1:37.72
100 fly - 48.00

2002-03 Season: Earned All-America honors in five different events... At 2003 NCAA Championships, was 11th in the 100 free (43.68) and 14th in the 50 free (19.99)... Was also part of the third-place 400 free relay, fourth-place 200 free relay and the 10th-place 800 free relay... At 2003 Pac-10 Championships, finished seventh in the 100 free (44.05), 10th in the 100 fly (48.00) and 16th in the 50 free... Also helped the 400 free relay to a third-place finish at Pac-10s... Garnered seven top-five finishes during the season's dual meet action... Won both the 50 and 100 free against Arizona State... Was first in the 50 free and second in the 200 free against California... Took first place in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly against Stanford...

National & International Competition - 2003: Member of the South Africa National Team... Part of a 400m free relay that set a new African record... 2002: Member of the South Africa National Team... Finished seventh in the 100m fly at the World Cup in Sweden... Was second at the Commonwealth Games... Member of a 400m free relay that finished eighth at the World Championships while setting a new African record... African senior champion in the 100m free and was third in the 100m fly...

Prep: Graduate of Pietersburg High School in Pietersburg, South Africa... Two-year team captain... Team MVP from 1997-2001... Set school records in six different events... Set a national record in the 100m fly (55.05)... Also participated in rugby and track and field... Was the rugby team captain in 1997 and 2000... Competed for the Pietersburg Swimming Club... Club team captain from 1999-2002... Team Swimmer of the Year from 1995-2002... 2002 national champion in the 100m fly...2002 Africa senior champion in the 100m free...

Personal: Born Lyndon Ferns on Sept. 24, 1983, in Pietersburg, South Africa... Son of Frank and Linda Hislop... Has an older brother, Gordon, and a twin sister, Liezel... Majoring in business with an interest in becoming an accountant.

Lyndon Ferns marries Cara Burger
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