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Biography

SCHOEMAN Roland

Nationality Republic of South Africa Flag RSA Republic of South Africa
Birth Date  
Gender Men
Height (m / in)  
Weight (kg / lbs)  
Events Inscribed   Aquatics Swimming Men's 50m Freestyle
Aquatics Swimming Men's 100m Freestyle
Aquatics Swimming Men's 50m Butterfly
Member of Republic of South Africa Aquatics Swimming Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Member of Republic of South Africa Aquatics Swimming Men's 4x100m Medley Relay
Medals Won GOLD Medal GOLD -  Men's 50m Butterfly
GOLD Medal GOLD -  Men's 50m Freestyle
BRONZE Medal BRONZE -  Men's 100m Freestyle

Date Venue Event Country - Name Results Status
17 Mar
10:00
SAS Men's 50m Butterfly
Heat 06
Republic of South Africa Flag RSA  - SCHOEMAN Roland (1) 23.59 Completed
17 Mar
19:35
SAS Men's 50m Butterfly
Semifinal 02
Republic of South Africa Flag RSA  - SCHOEMAN Roland (1) 23.14 Completed
18 Mar
10:24
SAS Men's 100m Freestyle
Heat 06
Republic of South Africa Flag RSA  - SCHOEMAN Roland (5) 50.78 Completed
18 Mar
19:23
SAS Men's 100m Freestyle
Semifinal 02
Republic of South Africa Flag RSA  - SCHOEMAN Roland (1) 49.34 Completed
18 Mar
20:08
SAS Men's 50m Butterfly
Final A
Republic of South Africa Flag RSA  - SCHOEMAN Roland (1) 23.34 Completed
19 Mar
19:28
SAS Men's 100m Freestyle
Final A
Republic of South Africa Flag RSA  - SCHOEMAN Roland (3) 49.24 Completed
20 Mar
10:00
SAS Men's 50m Freestyle
Heat 06
Republic of South Africa Flag RSA  - SCHOEMAN Roland (1) 22.47 Completed
20 Mar
19:50
SAS Men's 50m Freestyle
Semifinal 02
Republic of South Africa Flag RSA  - SCHOEMAN Roland (2) 22.43 Completed
21 Mar
19:02
SAS Men's 50m Freestyle
Final A
Republic of South Africa Flag RSA  - SCHOEMAN Roland (1) 22.03 Completed

Place Of Birth Pretoria, South Africa
Residence Tucson, Arizona
Occupation Professional swimmer
Coach Frank Busch
Idol Nelson Mandela, Sir Steven Redgrave
Recent Results FINA World Championships (Montreal, July-2005)
1st in the 50m Freestyle (21.69 - CR)
2nd in the 100m Freestyle (48.28)
1st in the 50m Butterfly (22.96 - WR)
Commonwealth
Games History
Melbourne 2006
Gold in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay (3:14.97)
new Commonwealth Games record.

Manchester 2002
Gold in the 50m Freestyle (22.33)
4th in the heat of the 50m Backstroke (26.69)
Silver in the 50m Butterfly (23.66)
Silver in the 4x100m Freestyle relay (3:18.86)
4th in the 4x100m medley relay (3:39.02)

Kuala Lumpur
6th in the 50m Freestyle (23.11)
6th in the 100m Freestyle (50.30)
Olympic
Games History
Athens 2004
Bronze in the 50m Freestyle (22.02)
Silver in the 100m Freestyle (48.23)
Gold in the 4x100m Freestyle relay (3:13.17 - WR)

Sydney 2000
10th in the 50m Freestyle (22.41)
15th in the 100m Freestyle (49.84)
11th in the 4x100m Freestyle relay (3:21.28)
Other Personal Best:
50m Freestyle - 22.04
100m Freestyle - 48.69
50m Butterfly - 23.65
100m Butterfly - 52.73
Roland is a member of the South African team that holds the 4x100m Freestyle Relay World Record of 3:13.17, obtained at the Athens Olympic Games.

World Ranking:
1st in the 50m Freestyle (as at 08-Aug-2005)
2nd in the 100m Freestyle (as at 08-Aug-2005)
1st in the 50m Butterfly (as at 08-Aug-2005)

Roland took up swimming for a girl - he was the star opening bowler for the Willowridge High School's under-14 cricket team, but found he could never impress the girl of his dreams Jennifer Strong, as she was a swimmer. Roland went on to dazzle her with outrageous wins against experienced swimmers and won her over. He later dumped her for swimming.

He became the first South African to win three medals at an Olympic Games in Athens 2004.

His first coach, Gavin Ross, said Roland made the key surge in his career in Standard Nine (Grade 11), while competing in the Transvaal Open Championships, the day after his father was killed in a car accident. He insisted on staying in the competition and competing in his father's honour.

He has said if he could race anyone, it would be David Hasselhoff.

After the Athens Olympics, Roland was given the honour of meeting former South African President Nelson Mandela upon his return home - an event which Roland claims was both amazing and surreal.

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