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.
Just five days later, he set a British short course record over the same distance and earned his first international call-up for the 2009 European Short Course Championships in Istanbul, where he reached the 100m Fly final and finished seventh.
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.
The Plymouth swimmer returned to his best form in 2014, clocking the third fastest time of his career to win 50m Butterfly silver at the British Gas Swimming Championships then his fastest time for three years to land 100m Butterfly gold at the ASA National Championships in August.