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Joe Roebuck

Joe Roebuck has been one of the most consistent performers in British Champs history, amassing an impressive 21 medals - including eight gold - since 2005.

Joe Roebuck Profile

Date of Birth 5th June 1985
Born Rotherham
Team/Club British Gas GBR National Performance Centre, Bath
Coach Dave McNulty / Graeme Antwhistle
He made his senior debut at the 2006 European Championships but had to wait until 2009 for his next major long course championships after narrowly missing out on making the 2008 Olympic team.

The 2010 season was a fruitful one for Roebuck as he won 200m Individual Medley bronze at the European Champs before scooping two silvers (200m and 400m Individual Medley) for England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

After gaining more experience at the 2011 World Championships and picking up his first European Short Course medal with 200m Butterfly bronze, he emphatically qualified for London 2012, winning the 200m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley as well as taking silver in the 400m IM.

He competed in all three events on his Olympic debut later in the season, top finishing with an 11th place in the 200m IM.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 100m Butterfly 52.78 2013  
Long Course 200m Butterfly 1.55.94 2012  
Long Course 200m Individual Medley 1:58.16 2012  
Long Course 400m Individual Medley 4.14.02 2011  
Short Course 200m Butterfly 1:51.27 2009 BR
Short Course 200m Individual Medley 1:54.24 2009  
Short Course 400m Individual Medley 4:01.63 2009 BR

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 200m Butterfly 2012 1:56.99 17th
  200m Individual Medley   1:59.57 11th
  400m Individual Medley   4:20.24 24th
World Championships 200m Butterfly 2011 1:58.20 24th
  200m Individual Medley   2:00.42 19th
  400m Individual Medley   4:16.95 10th
  200m Butterfly 2009 1:57.44 25th
  200m Individual Medley   1:59.82 14th
Commonwealth Games 200m Butterfly 2010 1:57.44 6th
  200m Individual Medley   1:59.86 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:15.84 SILVER
European Championships 200m Individual Medley 2010 1:59.46 BRONZE
  400m Individual Medley   4:20.78 10th
  200m Butterfly 2006 2.00.72 13th
  400m Individual Medley   4.24.62 18th
European Short Course Championships 200m Butterfly 2011 1:51.62 BRONZE
  200m Individual Medley   1:57.40 12th
  400m Individual Medley   4:07.79 7th
  200m Butterfly 2009 1:51.27 4th
  200m Individual Medley   1:54.24 6th
  400m Individual Medley   4:01.63 4th
  200m Butterfly 2008 1:54.58 7th
  200m Individual Medley   1:57.35 9th
  400m Individual Medley   4:07.76 5th

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 100m Butterfly 2014 52.79 4th
  200m Butterfly   1:57.28 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley   2:00.31 SILVER
  100m Butterfly 2013 52.78 5th
  200m Butterfly   1:56.49 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   1:59.21 4th
  200m Butterfly 2012 1:55.94 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   1:58.16 GOLD
  400m Individual Medley   4:14.48 SILVER
  200m Butterfly 2011 1:56.67 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley   1:58.28 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:14.02 SILVER
  200m Butterfly 2010 1:57.38 BRONZE
  200m Individual Medley   1:59.71 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:15.61 SILVER
  200m Butterfly 2009 1:57.67 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:16.64 4th
  200m Butterfly 2008 1:58.91 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:18.05 BRONZE
  200m Butterfly 2007 1:59.30 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   2:02.17 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:19.92 GOLD
  200m Butterfly 2006 1:58.11 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   2:01.97 GOLD
  400m Individual Medley   4:19.46 GOLD
  200m Butterfly 2005 2:01.22 4th
  200m Individual Medley   2:03.44 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:25.95 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley 2004 2:08.25 11th
  400m Individual Medley   4:33.57 11th
  400m Individual Medley 2003 4:40.72 16th
  400m Individual Medley 2001 4:47.69 19th
ASA Championships 100m Butterfly 2012 53.86 4th
  100m Butterfly 2011 53.28 BRONZE
  200m Freestyle 2010 1:50.47 SILVER
  100m Butterfly 2008 55.88 10th
  200m Butterfly   2:01.42 5th
  200m Individual Medley   2:05.24 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4.22.21 GOLD

In The Pool

Favourite event: Probably the 200m IM as it’s shorter. It’s also probably my ‘third’ event so there is sort of less pressure on this one to perform.

Finest ever performance: Breaking the Short Course Commonwealth Record in the 400m IM in Leeds. I was not expecting it. It came just after the World Champs in Rome.

I hadn’t really done that much since Rome so was hoping for a British Record. I just went and did it, everything went well and it was quite a surprise to go that quick!

Who has been greatest influence on you: My parents

First senior international meet: European Championships 2006. I enjoyed it. I didn't swim that well though as I had been ill just before the event.

I remember there was a massive monsoon which they had to cancel a session for - I remember everyone running out of the stands.

Out Of The Pool

Tip for the top: Don't give up - perseverance is the key

If I wasn't a swimmer: I would probably still be a sportsman. I played a lot of tennis when I was younger.


Music: Anything rock, rap and hip hop.


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