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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
04 October 1986
192 cm
Copenhagen, DEN
Athlete, Coach
English, Swedish

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four.
Why this sport?
His parents took him to a local swimming pool as a child to learn to swim. At age 13 he realised he wanted to pursue swimming seriously. "I was working on a number of sports when I was young but because of the swimming club I was active in, swimming stuck for me."
Club / Team
SK Neptun: Sweden
Name of coach
Ulrika Sandmark [national]

General Interest

Football. (, 08 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His grandmother. (, 08 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali, US basketball player Michael Jordan. (, 01 Jan 2016;, 07 Feb 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose." (, 07 Feb 2008)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2014 Male Swimmer of the Year in Sweden. (, 05 Feb 2015)
Famous relatives
His older brother Samba has competed in swimming at national level in Sweden. (, 14 Aug 2012)
Other information
Following a disappointing performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he decided to relocate to Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2017. "I made a decision. Just leaving what is for me the world's best city, Stockholm, and moving down to Copenhagen was a big decision. I had a serious chat with the coach there and he said that if you go with full heart you can definitely get back to where you were. I needed someone who believed in me, who really invested in me. That is what has changed. I have come back to the 'Warrior-Simon'. When I moved, I received a new motivation, I was excited when I came to workouts and found new opportunities to develop my technique. Now I love swimming again." (, 31 Jul 2018)