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James Guy

James Guy first rose to prominence with a British Age Group record (16 yrs) to win 400m Freestyle bronze on his European Junior Championship debut at the 2012 event in Antwerp.

James Guy Profile

Date of Birth 26th November 1995
Born Bury
Team/Club Millfield
Coach Jol Finck / Euan Dale
In 2013, Guy made his mark among the senior ranks, winning two golds, a silver and a bronze at March's British Gas International Meet in Leeds.

Further improvement came at June's British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield as Guy landed his first British senior medals, claiming bronze in both the 200m and 400m Freestyle.

After double gold (200m Freestyle, 4x200m Freestyle) at his second European Junior Championships in Poznan, Guy made his senior international debut at the World Championships in Barcelona.

The Brit lowered his British Age Group record (17 yrs) to finish fifth in the 400m Freestyle, then set another British Age Group record (17 yrs) as the lead-off in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay as the British quartet finished seventh.

Guy finished his breakthrough season with three medals at the World Junior Championships in Dubai, landing silver over 200m and 400m Freestyle then anchoring the British quartet to 4x200m Freestyle Relay gold in a Championship record.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 200m Freestyle 1:47.19 2013  
Long Course 400m Freestyle 3:45.15 2014 BR
Long Course 800m Freestyle 8:04.38 2013  
Long Course 100m Butterfly 52.55 2014  
Long Course 200m Butterfly 1:58.80 2013  
Short Course 200m Freestyle 1:47.61 2012  
Short Course 400m Freestyle 3:43.15 2013  
Short Course 200m Butterfly 2:00.82 2011  

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
World Championships 400m Freestyle 2013 3:47.96 5th
  4x200m Freestyle   7:13.00 7th
World Junior Championships 200m Freestyle 2013 1:48.18 SILVER
  400m Freestyle   3:48.05 SILVER
  200m Butterfly   1:58.80 4th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:15.36 GOLD
  Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:53.85 5th
European Junior Championships 200m Freestyle 2013 1:48.45 GOLD
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:19.84 GOLD
  200m Freestyle 2012 1:50.37 6th
  400m Freestyle   3:51.84 BRONZE
  200m Butterfly   2:00.33 7th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:23.93 4th

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 200m Freestyle 2014 1:47.54 GOLD
  400m Freestyle   3:45.15 GOLD
  100m Butterfly   52.55 GOLD
  200m Freestyle 2013 1:48.29 BRONZE
  400m Freestyle   3:48.21 BRONZE
  200m Freestyle 2012 1:50.38 13th
  400m Freestyle   3:57.08 19th
  100m Butterfly   55.60 43rd
  200m Butterfly   2:00.93 11th
  200m Individual Medley   2:06.39 34th
  400m Individual Medley   4:26.24 16th
  400m Freestyle 2011 4:02.39 24th


Favourite event: 200 Free

Finest ever performance: Anchoring the GB junior 4x200 Relay to gold in Dubai and setting a new World Junior Record

Role models: Tiger Woods, Sun Yang, my Dad and Grandad

My aspirations are: Be the best I can be


If I wasn’t a swimmer I would be: Well I would try to be clever and work hard, get into the business my dad works for and work my way to the top.

Tip for the top: Who cares? Don't hold back so what if It hurts.

Life after swimming: Get into property development, motivational speaker and have lots of money!

Would most like to meet: Scott Disick (Keeping up with the Kardashians)

Most prized possession: My fishing rods

Biggest influence on career: Younger brother, Luke.


Sports: Fishing

Band/music: Hip Hop, Old Soul music, Rap, Dance; Wiz Kahlifa, 50 cent, Soul II Soul, Luther Vandross, Mary J Blige.

Food: Chinese, Indian, and a big steak!

Hobbies: Eating for the sake of it, being a fisherman.

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