Meet The Team - Antony James
Get to know Olympic and TeamGB swimmer Antony James. Read his Tweets, view images, watch videos of him in action and being interviewed, check how his Olympic rivals compare and much more.
Plymouth Leander SC
100m Butterfly on 2 & 3 August
Did you know?
- James is studying for a Psychology degree at the University of Plymouth but took last year our to prepare for and compete at London 2012.
- He has been coached by Jon Rudd at Plymouth since he was eight years old and joined the Learn to Swim scheme at Leander when he was six.
- He was a talented athlete when he was younger, specialising in sprinting and triple jump at school, and admits he would probably have been involved in higher level athletics if he hadn't chosen to pursue a swimming career.
Antony's career took off in 2009 where he cut a second off his 100m Butterfly personal best to win silver at the British Championships before clocking what was then a British record 51.92 at the British Gas Youth Championships later in the year. Just five days later, he set a British short course record over the same distance and earned his first international call-up for the European Short Course Championships in Istanbul, reaching the 100m Fly final in Turkey. A long course international debut followed at the 2010 European Championships in Budapest before Antony reached the international podium for the first time with 100m Butterfly silver for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He made his World Championship debut in Shanghai last year and was selected for London 2012 following his 100m Fly gold at the 2012 British Gas ASA National Championships.