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Caitlin McClatchey

Caitlin McClatchey made her Olympic bow as a 19-year old, helping the British 4x200m Freestyle Relay quartet to fifth place at Athens 2004.

Caitlin McClatchey Profile

Date of Birth 28th November 1985
Born Portsmouth
Team/Club University of Edinburgh
Coach Chris Jones
A year later, she was a World Championship medallist, scoring 400m Freestyle bronze in Montreal, 29 years after her uncle Alan McClatchey won Olympic 4x200m Freestyle Relay bronze in the same city.

McClatchey's stock continued to rise in 2006 as she swept to double Commonwealth gold for Scotland in Melbourne as well as 400m Freestyle bronze at the European Championships in Budapest.

She finished sixth in the 200m Freestyle at her second Olympics in Beijing in 2008 before winning her second World Championship medal with 4x200m Freestyle Relay bronze in 2009.

After two relatively quiet seasons, Caitlin bounced back to form at the 2012 British Champs, setting her fastest time since 2009 to clinch silver in the 200m Freestyle and securing her place at her third Olympic Games where she again reached the 200m Freestyle, finishing seventh.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 100m Freestyle 54.31 2008 NR
Long Course 200m Freestyle 1:56.62 2009 NR
Long Course 400m Freestyle 4:07.02 2005 NR
Long Course 800m Freestyle 8:33.40 2007 NR
Short Course 100m Freestyle 53.90 2008  
Short Course 200m Freestyle 1:55.15 2008 NR
Short Course 400m Freestyle 4:05.54 2006  

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 200m Freestyle 2012 1:57.60 7th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:37.02 5th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:52.37 5th
  200m Freestyle 2008 1:57.65 6th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:38.18 7th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay 2004 7:59.11 5th
World Championships 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2011 3:39.74 9th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:53.51 6th
  200m Freestyle 2009 1:56.62 9th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:36.99 7th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:45.51 BRONZE
  200m Freestyle 2007 1:59.28 7th
  400m Freestyle   4:08.52 9th
  400m Freestyle 2005 4:07.25 BRONZE
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:59.04 4th
Commonwealth Games 100m Freestyle 2010 56.36 12th
  200m Freestyle   2:02.51 17th
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:49.79 5th
  4x100m Medley Relay   4:11.53 5th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   8:06.85 5th
  200m Freestyle 2006 1:57.25 GOLD
  400m Freestyle   4:07.69 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay   4:12.00 6th
European Championships 4x200m Freestyle Relay 2008 7:52.36 SILVER
  400m Freestyle 2006 4:08.13 BRONZE
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:41.44 5th
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:57.86 4th
World Short Course Championships 200m Freestyle 2008 1:55.15 BRONZE
  4x100m Freestyle Relay   3:22.88 BRONZE
  4x200m Freestyle Relay   7:38.96 SILVER

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 200m Freestyle 2014 1:59.02 4th
  200m Freestyle 2013 1:59.29 BRONZE
  100m Freestyle 2012 55.52 5th
  200m Freestyle   1:58.07 SILVER
  100m Freestyle 2011 56.72 7th
  200m Freestyle   2:00.60 8th
  100m Freestyle 2010 56.49 6th
  200m Freestyle   2:00.13 5th
  100m Freestyle 2009 55.06 SILVER
  200m Freestyle   1:57.58 SILVER
  100m Freestyle 2008 54.58 GOLD
  200m Freestyle   1:58.22 SILVER
  200m Freestyle 2005 1:59.53 SILVER
  400m Freestyle   4:09.65 GOLD
  100m Freestyle 2004 57.73 18th
  200m Freestyle   2:00.94 4th
  400m Freestyle   4:15.23 BRONZE
  100m Freestyle 2003 57.95 14th
  200m Freestyle   2:03.78 7th
  400m Freestyle   4:20.38 8th
  100m Freestyle 2001 1:01.31 34th
ASA Championships 100m Freestyle 2011 55.81 BRONZE
  200m Freestyle   1:58.56 SILVER
  200m Freestyle 2010 2:01.40 5th
  200m Freestyle 2003 2.04.04 GOLD

In The Pool

Greatest achievement to date: Commonwealth Games 2006, 200m Freestyle. I simply did not expect it. It was also the first race of the meet and to get off to a winning start hopefully encouraged the rest of the Scottish team.

Who has been greatest influence on you: I am really supported by my family. Knowing that they swam also really kept me going.

Out Of The Pool

One thing you can’t live without: My house. I bought it with the help of my parents. I’ve had it for just under a year now.

Tip for the top: Enjoy what you do and have fun.

Life after swimming? With my interest in politics I would like to go in that direction. I fancy the Minister of Sport role at some point.


Band/Music: Like the Kooks, but lots of things rock, indie, bit of pop.


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