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Antony James

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
Born Plymouth
Team/Club Plymouth Leander
Coach Jon Rudd
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.


Event Time Year Record
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  


Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 100m Butterfly 2012 53.25 31st
World Championships 50m Butterfly 2011 23.74 15th
  100m Butterfly   52.68 19th
Commonwealth Games 50m Butterfly 2010 24.63 8th
  100m Butterfly   52.50 SILVER
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:36.31 BRONZE
European Championships 50m Butterfly 2010 24.38 17th
  100m Butterfly   52.67 8th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:35.74 4th
European Short Course Championships 50m Butterfly 2012 23.53 12th
  100m Butterfly   52.23 13th
  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
  50m Butterfly 2011 23.14 7th
  100m Butterfly   52.32 15th
  100m Individual Medley   56.62 33rd
  4x50m Freestyle Relay   1:28.28 7th
  4x50m Medley Relay   1:35.07 5th
  50m Butterfly 2009 23.08 12th
  100m Butterfly   50.66 7th


Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 50m Butterfly 2014 23.90 SILVER
  100m Butterfly   53.21 5th
  100m Butterfly 2013 52.76 4th
  100m Butterfly 2012 52.59 BRONZE
  50m Butterfly 2011 24.38 SILVER
  100m Butterfly   53.14 SILVER
  100m Butterfly 2010 53.18 SILVER
  100m Butterfly 2009 52.45 SILVER
  100m Butterfly 2008 54.46 8th
  50m Butterfly 2007 25.99 19th
  100m Butterfly   57.54 24th
  50m Butterfly 2006 25.35 8th
  100m Butterfly   58.19 23rd
  50m Freestyle 2005 26.01 36th
  50m Butterfly   27.20 13th
  100m Butterfly   59.54 27th


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.


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.


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