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James Gibson MBE

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Personal Data

Date of Birth: 6th February 1980

Born: Chelmsford

Former Team/Club: Loughborough University / Marseille

Achievements: Olympian (2004), 2 x World Champs medals, 3 x Commonwealth medals, 4 x Euro Short Course medals

James Gibson was one of the best British swimmers of his generation, holding European, Commonwealth and British records over 50m and 100m Breaststroke during his career.

He became the first British swimmer for 28 years to win an individual World Championship gold in the long course pool when he claimed the 50m Breaststroke title in Barcelona in 2003.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 50m Breaststroke 27.46 2003  
Long Course 100m Breaststroke 59.68 2009  
Long Course 200m Breaststroke 2.15.67 2004  
Short Course 50m Breaststroke 26.98 2001  
Short Course 100m Breaststroke 57.91 2008 BR
Short Course 200m Breaststroke 2.08.38 2003  

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Position
Olympic Games 100m Breaststroke 2004 1:01.36 6th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:37.77 8th
World Championships 50m Breaststroke 2009 27.78 29th
  100m Breaststroke   59.91 14th
  50m Breaststroke 2007 28.21 11th
  100m Breaststroke   1:01.24 9th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:36.18 5th
  50m Breaststroke 2005 28.18 12th
  50m Breaststroke 2003 27.56 GOLD
  100m Breaststroke   1:00.37 BRONZE
  4x100m Medley Relay   3.38.21 8th
Commonwealth Games 50m Breaststroke 2006 28.18 4th
  100m Breaststroke   1.01.10 SILVER
  50m Breaststroke 2002 27.72 GOLD
  100m Breaststroke   1.01.64 BRONZE
European Championships 50m Breaststroke 2006 28.04 5th
  100m Breaststroke   1.01.46 8th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3.36.31 BRONZE
  50m Breaststroke 2000 29.17 13th
  100m Breaststroke   1.04.49 30th
World Short Course Championships 50m Breaststroke 2008 27.43 14th
  100m Breaststroke   59.38 8th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:28.38 5th
  50m Breaststroke 2006 27.35 5th
  100m Breaststroke   59.60 9th
  50m Breaststroke 2000 27.56 9th
  100m Breaststroke   1.00.91 11th
European Short Course Championships 50m Breaststroke 2008 27.13 10th
  100m Breaststroke   57.91 BRONZE
  200m Breaststroke   2:08.50 10th
  50m Breaststroke 2006 27.96 19th
  100m Breaststroke   59.90 11th
  50m Breaststroke 2005 27.41 9th
  100m Breaststroke   59.67 12th
  50m Breaststroke 2004 27.81 8th
  100m Breaststroke   1.00.36 8th
  200m Breaststroke   2:12.79 19th
  100m Breaststroke 2003 58.03 GOLD
  200m Breaststroke   2:08.38 4th
  50m Breaststroke 2001 26.98 4th
  100m Breaststroke   59.23 SILVER
  4x50m Freestyle Relay   1.29.93 13th
  4x50m Medley Relay   1.35.19 SILVER

In the Pool

Greatest achievement: The World Championships in 2003 when I won gold and a bronze medal

Who has been greatest influence on you: All of my friends in sport

Out of the Pool

Family members: My mum is called Margaret and my dad is called John. I'm an only child so no brothers and sisters to tell you about!

Studies: I have a degree in Politics and Economics and have completed a Masters in International Relations in the European Union

Other sports: I enjoy watching football

Tip for the top: Work hard, play hard!


Sports team: I support Norwich and Marseille


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