Liam Tancock finished fifth in the 100 metres backstroke final at the 2012 Olympic Games.
The swimmer was also a member of the fourth-placed 4x100m medley relay team in London and remains confident he can keep putting in impressive performances in the water.
Growing up Tancock really enjoyed playing sports. He started swimming at the age of five and by eight years old he was swimming competitively for Exeter City Swimming Club.
He also played rugby and by the age of ten he played for Exeter RFC as a winger.
In 2003, Tancock decided that he wanted to further his swimming career so moved to Loughborough University where he studied sports science. He chose Loughborough University due to the great coaching in a mixture of long course (50m) and short course (25m) pools.
On 2 April 2008, he set a new world 50 m backstroke record of 24.47 seconds at the British Olympic trials at the Ponds Forge pool, Sheffield. On 1st August 2009 he set a new world 50m backstroke record of 24.08s in the semi-final at the Rome World Aquatics Championships and the following day he won the gold medal beating another world record with a time of 24.04s. The 2010 season brought more success for the scholar as he claimed two golds and a bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
On the 1st August 2011, in Shanghai, he successfully defended his World Championship title in the 50m backstroke winning by seven-hundredths of a second from European champion Camille Lacourt of France with South African Gerhard Zandberg in third.
He is one of the most consistent top-class performers on the British team having taken five world medals since winning bronze in the same event on his senior international debut in Montreal in 2005.