Antony James’ career took off in 2009 when he cut a second off his 100m Butterfly personal best to win silver at the British Championships before clocking a British record at the British Gas Youth Championships later in the year.
Antony James Profile
|Date of Birth||5th November 1989|
A long course international debut followed at the 2010 European Championships in Budapest before James reached the international podium for the first time with 100m Butterfly silver and 4x100m Medley Relay bronze for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
In 2011, he made his World Championship debut in Shanghai before his Olympic bow followed at London 2012 where James competed in the 100m Butterfly.
|Long Course 50m Butterfly||23.74||2009|
|Long Course 100m Butterfly||51.92||2009|
|Long Course 200m Butterfly||2:13.20||2010|
|Short Course 50m Butterfly||22.87||2009||BR|
|Short Course 100m Butterfly||50.42||2009|
|Olympic Games||100m Butterfly||2012||53.25||31st|
|World Championships||50m Butterfly||2011||23.74||15th|
|Commonwealth Games||50m Butterfly||2010||24.63||8th|
|4x100m Medley Relay||3:36.31||BRONZE|
|European Championships||50m Butterfly||2010||24.38||17th|
|4x100m Medley Relay||3:35.74||4th|
|European Short Course Championships||50m Butterfly||2012||23.53||12th|
|100m Individual Medley||57.09||33rd|
|4x50m Freestyle Relay||1:29.91||9th|
|4x50m Medley Relay||1:38.69||10th|
|Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay||1:34.95||12th|
|Mixed 4x50m Medley Relay||1:43.59||13th|
|100m Individual Medley||56.62||33rd|
|4x50m Freestyle Relay||1:28.28||7th|
|4x50m Medley Relay||1:35.07||5th|
|British Championships||50m Butterfly||2014||23.90||SILVER|
IN THE POOL
Favourite event: 100 Fly. It’s more of a tactical race then the 50m. You have more components that you can change during the race.
Finest ever performance: My 51.8 time at ASA Nationals 2009 over 100m Fly. I missed out on the World Championship team so was disappointed, but it proved a great way to end the season. My aim was to break 52 that season so it ended on a high.
First senior international meet: European Short Course Champs 2009. We set a British record in the 4x50m Medley relay. I also finished sixth in the 100m Fly.
Role models: Not particularly. I admire Roger Federer. He has achieved a lot and it has not changed who he is.
OUT OF THE POOL
Most prized possession: My bed.
If I wasn’t a swimmer I would be: I would have been a runner. I had a choice of swimming or athletics and I chose swimming. I did sprinting and triple jump at school level.
Life after swimming: I would like to be able to look back and be happy with what I have done in the pool. Probably use my degree and look at something like criminology.
Would most like to meet: Muhammad Ali, because he is one of the legendary sporting icons in the world.
Music: Anything. Although depends on mood. At competitions I have a certain playlist which helps me to focus on what I am doing.