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Matthew Johnson

After winning his first senior British medal with 1500m Freestyle bronze as a 14-year old in 2010, Matthew Johnson took international competition in his stride the following season.

Matthew Johnson Profile

Date of Birth 23rd April 1995
Born Dewsbury
Team/Club British Gas GBR National Performance Centre, Bath
Coach Dave McNulty / Graeme Antwhistle
He won four individual golds at the 2011 European Youth Olympic Festival in Trabazon, Turkey then made three individual finals as the youngest British male at the World Youth Championships in Lima, Peru.

In 2012, Johnson made his European Junior Championship debut in Antwerp, winning double gold over 200m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley as well as 400m Freestyle silver.

After making a senior debut at the 2012 World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Johnson returned to the European Junior stage in 2013, defending his 200m Butterfly title as well as collecting silver medals over 400m Free and 400m IM.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 400m Freestyle 3:49.67 2013  
Long Course 200m Butterfly 1:57.92 2013  
Long Course 200m Individual Medley 2:03.84 2012  
Long Course 400m Individual Medley 4:16.53 2012  
Short Course 400m Freestyle 3:46.84 2013  
Short Course 200m Butterfly 1:55.06 2013  
Short Course 200m Individual Medley 2:00.81 2013  
Short Course 400m Individual Medley 4:07.46 2013  

International Results

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
World Short Course Championships 200m Butterfly 2012 1:57.48 24th
  100m Individual Medley   57.15 33rd
  400m Individual Medley   4:13.75 18th
World Junior Championships 400m Freestyle 2013 3:57.95 22nd
  200m Butterfly   2:02.41 13th
  400m Individual Medley   4:24.52 8th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:15.36 GOLD
  400m Freestyle 2011 3:57.25 6th
  800m Freestyle   8:05.73 5th
  200m Butterfly   2:03.21 15th
  200m Individual Medley   2:06.25 15th
  400m Individual Medley   4:18.54 5th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:32.26 8th
European Junior Championships 400m Freestyle 2013 3:51.11 SILVER
  200m Butterfly   1:58.84 GOLD
  400m Individual Medley   4:17.47 SILVER
  400m Freestyle 2012 3:51.04 SILVER
  200m Butterfly   1:58.50 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   2:05.92 8th
  400m Individual Medley   4:17.26 GOLD
European Youth Olympic Festival 400m Freestyle 2011 3:54.70 GOLD
  200m Butterfly   2:00.46 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley   2:04.35 GOLD
  400m Individual Medley   4:22.02 GOLD
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:29.03 SILVER
  4x200m Freestyle Mixed Relay   7:59.20 SILVER

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 400m Freestyle 2014 3:53.64 7th
  200m Butterfly   1:59.05 4th
  400m Individual Medley   4:21.90 4th
  400m Freestyle 2013 3:49.67 4th
  200m Butterfly   1:57.92 BRONZE
  400m Individual Medley   4:17.31 4th
  1500m Freestyle 2012 15:44.81 16th
  200m Butterfly   1:59.12 6th
  200m Individual Medley   2:04.17 11th
  400m Individual Medley   4:16.53 BRONZE
  200m Freestyle 2011 1:52.81 13th
  400m Freestyle   3:55.93 9th
  1500m Freestyle   15:56.87 11th
  200m Butterfly   2:01.12 8th
  200m Individual Medley   2:08.39 20th
  400m Individual Medley   4:23.10 6th
  200m Freestyle 2010 1:54.68 33rd
  1500m Freestyle   15:36.11 BRONZE
  200m Butterfly   2:03.00 10th
  200m Individual Medley   2:10.16 27th
  400m Individual Medley   4:23.51 6th
  1500m Freestyle 2009 15:50.71 7th

In The Pool

Greatest achievement to date: Difficult to say as I have done and achieved so many things very young. British Senior Champs medal aged 14. First GB call up open Water aged 14. 43 National titles up to 16 and four individual golds at the European Youth Olympics.

Aspirations: To be the best by working hard and break new ground.

Greatest influence: My parents - without them I can't swim!

Swimming goals: Simple! Olympic gold.

When did you begin swimming: I did my swimming certificates aged six and then joined my local club Spenborough a couple of years later.

Out Of The Pool

Ultimate relaxation: Doing nothing, playing Xbox and giving my younger brother Luke a bit of grief.

Tip for the top: Take defeat as a indicator to improve and then work on putting it right.

Life after swimming: I'm not sure at the moment. It’s a toss up between two things, my own business in sports motivation, psychology and mentoring or Media and Sports management.

How would you like to be remembered: Hard-working and humble.


Films: Snatch and Transformers.

Band/Music: I listen to music dependant on what mood I am in so I have no real favourite.

Food: Roast dinner with Yorkshire pudding.

Hobbies: Xbox and sleeping.

Last book read: Unexplained mysteries.


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