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James Goddard

James Goddard was one of the most consistent British male swimmers between 2000 and 2012, reaching finals at Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European level.

Goddard broke through with two golds and a silver across the 2000 and 2001 European Junior Championships before going on to compete at three Olympic Games and five FINA World Championships.

James Goddard Profile

Date of Birth 30th March 1983
Born Victoria, Seychelles
Team/Club Stockport Metro
Achievements Triple Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012), 4 x Commonwealth medals, 1 x European medal, 1 x World SC medal, 2 x European SC medals, 5 x World Championships
Goddard’s greatest success came at the Commonwealth Games. Competing for Team England, he won 200m Backstroke gold and 200m Individual Medley silver on his debut at the 2002 Games in Manchester.

After missing the 2006 Games in Melbourne, Goddard regained his 200m Backstroke title with a spectacular Commonwealth record at the 2010 Games in Delhi before adding 200m Individual Medley gold two days later.

His performance at World and Olympic level were unerringly consistent, reaching the 200m Backstroke final at the 2004 Olympics (fourth) and 2007 Worlds (sixth) and the 200m Individual Medley final at the 2008 Olympics (sixth), 2009 Worlds (sixth) and 2011 Worlds (fourth) and finally the London 2012 Olympics (seventh).

Goddard was also a regular domestic medal winner, competing at 12 British Championships and winning at least one medal at each staging.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 200m Backstroke 1:55.58 2010 CR
Long Course 200m Individual Medley 1:57.72 2008 BR
Long Course 400m Individual Medley 4:16.05 2009  
Short Course 200m Backstroke 1:53.43 2004  
Short Course 200m Individual Medley 1:52.57 2011 BR
Short Course 400m Individual Medley 4:15.87 2007  

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 200m Individual Medley 2012 1:59.05 7th
  200m Individual Medley 2008 1:59.24 6th
  200m Backstroke 2004 1.57.76 4th
World Championships 200m Individual Medley 2011 1:57.79 4th
  200m Individual Medley 2009 1:57.93 6th
  200m Backstroke 2007 1.58.88 6th
  100m Backstroke 2005 55.66 17th
  200m Backstroke   1.59.16 11th
  200m Backstroke 2003 2.01.91 25th
Commonwealth Games 200m Backstroke 2010 1:55.58 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   1:58.10 GOLD
  200m Backstroke 2002 1.59.83 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   2.02.48 BRONZE
European Championships 200m Individual Medley 2012 1:57.84 SILVER
  100m Backstroke 2006 55.75 15th
  200m Backstroke   1.59.70 5th
World Short Course Championships 200m Backstroke 2008 1:54.00 11th
  200m Individual Medley   1:55.15 BRONZE
European Short Course Championships 200m Backstroke 2008 1:58.07 17th
  100m Individual Medley   52.36 BRONZE
  200m Individual Medley   1:53.46 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2006 54.02 15th
  200m Backstroke   1:54.30 4th
  50m Backstroke 2003 25.90 34th
  100m Backstroke   54.00 21st
  200m Backstroke   1:58.68 21st
European Junior Championships 200m Individual Medley 2001 2.02.66 GOLD
  400m Individual Medley   4.19.30 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley 2000 2.06.10 SILVER

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 200m Backstroke 2013 1:57.23 BRONZE
  200m Individual Medley 2012 1:58.42 SILVER
  200m Backstroke 2011 1:57.08 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   1:58.22 GOLD
  200m Backstroke 2010 1:57.06 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   1:57.76 GOLD
  200m Backstroke 2009 1:58.34 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley   1:57.99 GOLD
  400m Individual Medley   4:16.05 BRONZE
  200m Backstroke 2008 1:56.82 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley   1:57.72 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2006 55.29 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   1.58.45 GOLD
  100m Backstroke 2005 54.90 GOLD
  200m Backstroke   1.59.01 SILVER
  100m Backstroke 2004 55.16 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   1:57.72 SILVER
  50m Backstroke 2003 26.42 GOLD
  100m Backstroke   56.32 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   1:58.65 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   2:24.62 32nd
  50m Backstroke 2002 26.98 7th
  200m Backstroke   2:00.69 BRONZE
  200m Individual Medley   2:04.68 4th
  400m Individual Medley   4:28.56 7th
  50m Backstroke 2001 27.70 10th
  200m Backstroke   2:05.11 5th
  200m Individual Medley   2:04.21 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:23.82 SILVER

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