Belinda Hocking will make her third Olympic appearance in Rio after a stunning performance in the 200m backstroke final, claiming the National title in a surprise upset over World Champion Emily Seebohm.
Born in Victoria, Hocking took up swimming as a four-year-old on her doctors recommendations to improve her asthma. She started competitively swimming at age 12 with the Albury Swim Club. Whilst training at the AIS in Canberra she won three gold and two silver medals at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. In 2008 she clocked the second fastest national time in the 100m backstroke and by 2009 the 200m backstroke record was hers.
She made her Olympic debut in Beijing, placing 8th in the 200m backstroke. In London she finished seventh in the 100m backstroke as compatriot Emily Seebohm won silver. Hocking finished fifth in her 200m backstroke semi-final and missed the final.
2013 was the start of a great two years for Hocking. She claimed silver in the 200m backstroke at the World Championships in Barcelona before taking home two gold medals (200m backstroke and 4 x 100m medley relay) and a bronze (100m backstroke) at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Late in 2014, Hocking accidently set herself on fire, had a car accident and a string of sporting injuries saw her taking a hiatus from the pool to regroup. However she was back in the pool in late 2015, claiming two fourth places at the 2015 World Cup in Tokyo and a silver medal at the Australian Short Course Championships.
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200m Backstroke Women
Wangaratta, VIC, Australia
Canberra, ACT, Australia
- 2012 London - 6th (100m backstroke), 10th (200m backstroke) 2008 Beijing - 8th (200m backstroke)
- 2007 Sydney - 1st (4x100m Freestyle Relay), 1st (4x100 Medley Relay), 1st(4x200m Freestyle Relay), 2nd (100m Backstroke), 2nd (200m Backstroke)
- 4th (200m backstroke) - 2016 Brisbane Grand Prix (Brisbane, Australia)
- 1st (200m backstroke) – 2016 Australian Swimming Championship (Adelaide, Australia)
- 4th (100m backstroke) 2016 Australian Swimming Championship (Adelaide, Australia)
- 1st (200m backstroke) 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Great Britain)
- 1st (200m backstroke) 2014 Pan Pacific Games (Gold Coast, Australia)
- 2014 Commonwealth Games: 2 Gold (200m Backstroke and 4x100m Medley Relay) and 1 Bronze (100m Backstroke)
- 2013 World Championships: 2nd (200m Backstroke)
- Triple Olympian 2008 Beijing, 2012 London and now 2016 Rio
- St. Bernard's Primary School (VIC, Australia)
- Galen Catholic College (VIC, Australia)
- Bachelor of Primary School Education: Deakin University (2015- current
Rohan Taylor (2012-current)
Nunawading, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Victorian Institute of Sport
Primary Training Base
- Never put new shoes on the table!
- Favourite food
- Chicken Parmigiana
- Favourite holiday destination
- Anywhere with a beach
- Favourite music
- Personal Motto
- If it's meant to be, it will be
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Ears pierced, Tattoo of the Olympic rings on my right ankle
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Cathy Freeman, 2000 Sydney Olympics, when she won the 400m race in her iconic suit.
- First Olympic Memory?
- 2000 Sydney Olympic Games opening ceremony
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My coach Rohan Taylor
- Why this sport?
- Because i had bad asthma as a child and the doctors told me to swim to help build my lungs