Daniel Wiffen





800m & 1500m Freestyle

Personal Best

: 7:52.68 (2021) & 15:16.90 (2021)

Date Of Birth

July 14, 2001


Magheralin, Co Armagh


Daniel, who developed with Lisburn Swimming club, is now a student at Loughborough University. He qualified for Tokyo with a remarkable performance at the Irish Trials in April 2021 when he knocked 22 seconds off his own 800m freestyle PB and 13 seconds off the Irish record. He also holds the Irish 1500m free record (15:16.90). His identical twin Nathan is also an elite swimmer.


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Daniel Wiffen Smashes Oldest Swimming World Record

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