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Jemma Lowe

Jemma Lowe made her senior breakthrough in 2008 as she claimed individual medals at both the World and European Short Course Championships, topped the podium with the British 4x100m Medley Relay quartet at the European Championships and reached the 100m Butterfly final on her Olympic debut at Beijing 2008.

Jemma Lowe Profile

Date of Birth 31st March 1990
Born Hartlepool
Team/Club British Gas GBR National Performance Centre, Bath
Coach Dave McNulty
A relatively quiet year in 2009 was followed by a spectacular return to form in 2010 as Lowe won 100m Butterfly bronze for Wales at the Commonwealth Games and 200m Butterfly silver at the World Short Course Championships in Dubai.

Lowe continued her progress in 2011, reaching both the 100m and 200m Butterfly finals at the World Championship in Shanghai, then claiming silver in both events at the European Short Course Championships at the end of the year.

She finished sixth in the 200m Butterfly at the London 2012 Olympic Games then landed more international short course medals with 100m and 200m Butterfly bronze at the World Short Course Championships in Istanbul.

After scooping her first British titles since 2008 with 100m and 200m Fly gold at the 2013 British Gas Swimming Champs, Lowe travelled to her third World Championships in Barcelona where her best finish was ninth in the 100m Fly.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 50m Butterfly 26.71 2009  
Long Course 100m Butterfly 57.43 2011 NR
Long Course 200m Butterfly 2:05.36 2011 NR
Short Course 50m Butterfly 26.50 2008  
Short Course 100m Butterfly 56.32 2013 NR
Short Course 200m Butterfly 2:03.19 2012 BR

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 200m Butterfly 2012 2:06.80 6th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:59.46 (heats only) 8th
  100m Butterfly 2008 58:06 6th
  200m Butterfly   2:07.87 9th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:57.50 4th
World Championships 100m Butterfly 2013 58.46 9th
  200m Butterfly   2:08.53 13th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:58.67 6th
  100m Butterfly 2011 57.96 8th
  200m Butterfly   2:06.64 7th
  50m Butterfly 2009 26.71 26th
  100m Butterfly   58.60 17th
Commonwealth Games 50m Butterfly 2010 27.15 6th
  100m Butterfly   58.42 BRONZE
  200m Butterfly   2:08.28 5th
  100m Butterfly 2006 1:00.52 7th
  200m Butterfly   2:13.75 6th
European Championships 100m Butterfly 2010 59.16 10th
  200m Butterfly   2:09.26 9th
  4x100m Medley Relay 2008 3:59.33 GOLD
World Short Course Championships 100m Butterfly 2012 56.66 BRONZE
  200m Butterfly   2:03.19 BRONZE
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:51.85 4th
  200m Butterfly 2010 2:03.94 SILVER
  50m Butterfly 2008 26.50 9th
  100m Butterfly   56.84 BRONZE
  200m Butterfly   2:05.89 4th
  4x100m Medley Relay   3:53.02 BRONZE
European Short Course Championships 100m Butterfly 2013 56.32 SILVER
  200m Butterfly   2:04.51


  4x50m Medley Relay   1:46.56 4th
  4x50m Medley Relay (Mixed)   1:39.81 5th
  100m Butterfly 2011 56.67 SILVER
  200m Butterfly   2:04.04 SILVER
  4x50m Medley Relay   1:48.74 4th
  100m Butterfly 2008 57.43 7th
  200m Butterfly   2:04.78 BRONZE
European Junior Championships 100m Butterfly 2006 1.00.74 SILVER
  200m Butterfly   2.11.59 SILVER
  100m Butterfly 2005 1.01.48 SILVER

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 100m Butterfly 2013 58.02 GOLD
  200m Butterfly   2:09.25 GOLD
  100m Butterfly 2012 58.06 BRONZE
  200m Butterfly   2:06.37 SILVER
  100m Butterfly 2011 59.10 BRONZE
  200m Butterfly   2:06.94 SILVER
  50m Butterfly 2010 27.45 4th
  100m Butterfly   58.73 BRONZE
  200m Butterfly   2:08.21 SILVER
  100m Butterfly 2008 58.27 SILVER
  200m Butterfly   2:07.61 GOLD
  50m Butterfly 2007 28.16 BRONZE
  100m Butterfly   59.78 GOLD
  200m Butterfly   2:11.12 GOLD
  50m Butterfly 2006 28.66 9th
  100m Butterfly   1.01.15 BRONZE
  200m Butterfly   2.12.84 4th
  100m Butterfly 2005 1:02.05 7th
  200m Butterfly   2:14.42 6th
  200m Freestyle 2004 2:12.29 47th
  100m Backstroke   1:08.79 32nd
  100m Butterfly   1:06.89 37th
  200m Butterfly   2:22.48 22nd
  100m Butterfly 2003 1:09.96 31st
ASA Championships 200m Butterfly 2012 2:08.59 GOLD
  100m Butterfly 2011 57.43 GOLD
  200m Butterfly   2:05.36 GOLD
  50m Butterfly 2008 28.51 12th
  100m Butterfly   59.01 GOLD
  200m Butterfly   2.07.57 GOLD

In The Pool

Who has been greatest influence on you: Family. No matter what, they are always there for me.

Out Of The Pool

One thing you can’t live without: My pink elephant which my grandparents gave to me when I was born. Also, I love yoghurts I eat 3 or 4 a day. My favourite flavour is banana and custard.

Tip for the top: Never give in. You come back stronger after a setback.

Life after swimming: No idea - that will hopefully be a long way away.


Band/Music: Anything upbeat. I quite like dance music


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