Sabir Muhammad

Sabir Muhammad

Sabir Muhammad was the first African-American to medal in swimming at an international competition and is one of the most decorated African-American swimmers. At the 2000 Short Course World Championships in Athens, Greece, Sabir won silver and bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay and the 50m butterfly, respectively. In 2004, Muhammad qualified and competed at the US Olympic Trials in Long Beach, CA. He finished fourth in the 50m free and eighth in the 100m free. In November 2009, Sabir broke the American Record in the 50m short course freestyle at the FINA World Cup in Berlin. Sabir has broken a total of 10 American Records in his career, is a two-time Short Course World Championship medalist, a four-time US Open champion, a five-time World Cup Swimming champion and a two-time runner-up at US Nationals.

An Atlanta-native, Sabir went on to swim for Stanford University on a full scholarship where he was the first African-American to compete for the varsity men’s team. Sabir finished his collegiate career with seven Pac-10 championship titles, 25 All-American honors and three NCAA, US Open and American Records. Muhammad graduated from Stanford as an Academic All-American with a degree in International Relations.

In addition to his work in the pool, Muhammad holds an MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University and is a seasoned professional having worked in industries such as investment management, sports marketing, biotech, technology and venture capital. He currently works in the Marketing Futures group at Coca-Cola and coaches for a local swimming team.

Career Highlights

  • 3x NCAA Record Holder
  • 3x US Open Record Holder
  • 3x American Records Holder
  • 2x Short Course World Championship medalist
  • 7x Pac 10 Champion
  • 25x All-American

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