David Wilkie

Date Of Birth: 08 March 1954
Place Of Birth: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Discipline: Swimming (breaststroke)

Inducted to Hall of Fame: 2010

DAVID WILKIE was born in Sir Lanka to Scottish parents and on his return to Scotland became a member of the Warrender Baths Club; this was where he began to develop his Breaststroke technique.

David’s first medal was at the 1970 Commonwealth Games which was held in Edinburgh, where he won a Bronze in the 200m Breaststroke. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, he won Silver in the 200m Breaststroke; however David had gained the reputation of avoiding hard work, but this result showed that he had a natural ability.

In 1974, David continued to gain medals, with Silver in the 100m Breaststroke, Gold in the 200m breaststroke and Gold in the 200m Individual Medley. In 1976, at the Montreal Olympics, David won Gold for his 200m Breaststroke getting a world-record time and then Silver in the 100m breaststroke. In 1977 he was appointed an MBE for his services to swimming.

Since David retired from swimming he has remained active in the development of swimming aids and technology, having been noted as the first swimmer to wear both swim hat and goggles together in a competition to improve the streamline effect in the water.


Olympic Games, Montreal, Canada
1976100m BreaststrokeSilver
1976200m Breaststroke Gold
Olympic Games, Munich, Germany
1972200m BreaststrokeSilver
World Championships, Cali, Columbia
1975100m Breaststroke Gold
1975200m BreaststrokeGold
19754x100m MedleyBronze
World Championships, Belgrade, Serbia
1973200m BreaststrokeGold
1973200m MedleyBronze
Commonwealth Games, Christchurch, NZ
1974100m BreaststrokeSilver
1974200m BreaststrokeGold
Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh, UK
1970200m Breaststroke Bronze
European Championships,Vienna, Austria
1974200m Breaststroke Gold
Commonwealth Games, Christchurch, NZ
1974200m MedleyGold
European Championships, Vienna, Austria
1974200m MedleyGold
19744x100m MedleySilver