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James Clegg

James Clegg comes from a sporty family with world champion sprinter and elder sister Libby a world and Paralympic medal winner in athletics.

He burst on to the world scene at in 2012, breaking Ian Sharpe's 12-year old British S12 record in 100m Butterfly at the British Gas Swimming Championships in London.

James Clegg Profile

Date of Birth 5th January 1994
Born Stockport
Team/Club East Lothian Swim Team
Coach Mat Trodden
Classification S12, SB12, SM12
Competing on his Paralympic debut at London 2012 later in the season, Clegg became the first British S12 swimmer to go under a minute for the 100m Butterfly as he won his heat then landed bronze in the final. He also reached the final of the S12 100m Freestyle in London, securing eighth place.

After winning MC 100m Butterfly gold at the 2013 British International Disability Championships, Clegg went on to represent Great Britain at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal, winning another international medal with bronze in the S12 400m Freestyle.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course S12 50m Freestyle 25.20 2012 BR
Long Course S12 100m Freestyle 55.77 2013 BR
Long Course S12 400m Freestyle 4:21.76 2013 BR
Long Course S12 50m Butterfly 28.35 2013  
Long Course S12 100m Butterfly 59.99 2012 BR
Long Course S12 200m Butterfly 2:29.11 2012 BR
Short Course S12 50m Freestyle 25.64 2012  
Short Course S12 100m Freestyle 56.10 2012  
Short Course S12 400m Freestyle 4:31.96 2012  
Short Course S12 50m Butterfly 27.99 2012  
Short Course S12 100m Butterfly 1:00.60 2012 BR

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Paralympic Games 100m Freestyle (S12) 2012 55.94 8th
  100m Butterfly (S12)   1:00.00 BRONZE
IPC World Championships 50m Freestyle (S12) 2013 25.84 11th
  100m Freestyle (S12)   56.33 10th
  400m Freestyle (S12)   4:21.76 BRONZE
  100m Butterfly (S12)   1:00.44 6th

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships MC 50m Freestyle 2013 25.52 BRONZE
  MC 100m Freestyle   56.19 5th
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:00.13 GOLD
  MC 50m Freestyle 2012 26.53 13th
  MC 100m Freestyle   57.24 12th
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:01.46 SILVER
  MC 50m Freestyle 2011 27.99 20th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:02.88 23rd
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:12.95 11th
  MC 50m Freestyle 2009 29.36 17th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:03.91 13th
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:22.70 11th
British International Disability Championships MC 50m Freestyle 2013 25.60 6th
  MC 100m Freestyle   55.77 6th
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:00.45 GOLD
  MC 50m Freestyle 2012 26.36 52nd
  MC 100m Freestyle   57.83 50th
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:01.85 9th
  MC 50m Freestyle 2011 28.71 60th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:01.86 60th
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:09.84 15th

In The Pool

Favourite event: Butterfly

Finest ever performance:  Winning my bronze medal at London 2012

Role models: Michael Phelps

My aspirations are: To win gold at the next Worlds

Out Of The Pool

Life after swimming: I would like to work in social care

Would most like to meet: Michael Phelps

Most prized possession: My Paralympic bronze medal

Biggest influence on career: My coach Mat Trodden


Hobbies: Guitar and Playstation

Sports: Swimming

Band/music: Jimmy Hendrix

Food: Steak


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