Loughborough University swimmer Liam Tancock competed for Team GB in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He placed sith in the 100m backstroke and eighth in the 200m individual medley.Beijing was Tancock’s first Olympic Games, however he already had plenty of World, European and Commonwealth level experience and medals to his name already. At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Tancock, won 50m backstroke gold in a new World Record time - 24.04. He also set a new British record in the 100m backstroke, finishing fourth and placed seventh in the 4x100m freestyle relay. In 2007 the backstroke specialist claimed a pair of bronze medals at the World Championships in Melbourne in the 50m and 100m disciplines. At the Commonwealth Games in the same venue a year earlier Tancock won one gold and two silver medals in the 100m backstroke, 50m backstroke and 4x100m relay medley respectively. In 2005 Tancock secured another pair of bronze medals at the European Championships. Back in 2001 Tancock gained his first taste of the Olympic Movement when he competed at the European Youth Olympic Days in Murcia, Spain, winning a pair of gold medals for Team GB.