William Francis (deceased)

Date Of Birth: 23 February 1911
Place Of Birth: Dunfermline, Scotland

DisciplineSwimming (Backstroke)

Inducted to Hall of Fame: 2010

WILLIAM FRANCIS was a Scottish backstroke swimmer, who was born in Dunfermline and competed for Great Britain in two consecutive Olympic Games. 

At the 1928 Summer Olympics, Francis was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 100m Backstroke event, and four years later he returned to the Los Angeles Olympics and sadly was eliminated in the first round of the 100m backstroke again.

However his luck turned around in the 1930 Empire Games when he won Silver in the 100yd Backstroke and following on from that in the 1934 Empire Games, Francis won Gold in the 100yd backstroke event. He was also in the relay team that won Silver in the 3x110 yd Backstroke contest.  


British Empire Games, London
1934100yd Backstroke Gold
British Empire Games, Hamilton, Canada
1930100yd BackstrokeSilver
British Empire Games, London
19343x110yds MedleySilver