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James GUY
Sport Swimming
NOC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Born26 Nov 1995 in Bury, ENG
Height1.87 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Courtney
Residence
Bath, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age four in Altrincham, England. "My mother got me involved so that I could learn to swim."
Why this sport?
"When I was younger I was obsessed with Bruce Lee. I used to do kung fu twice a week, gymnastics, football and even lacrosse. I was just a normal kid trying everything. Eventually swimming took over and it went from there."
Club / Team
National Centre Bath: England
Name of coach
Dave McNulty [club], GBR
Training Regime
He trains at the London 2012 Legacy Pool at the University of Bath in England.
General Interest
Nicknames
Jimmy, Jimbob (Facebook page, 22 Nov 2016; britishswimming.org, 12 Jun 2018)
Hobbies
Cars, fishing, supporting English football team Manchester City, playing video games. (Instagram profile, 18 Jun 2019; olympics.com, 31 Oct 2020)
Most influential person in career
His younger brother Luke. (olympics.com, 31 Oct 2020)
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino, US swimmers Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, German swimmer Paul Biedermann, US boxer Floyd Mayweather. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 04 Apr 2018; swimming.org, 23 Mar 2018; olympics.com, 31 Oct 2020)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to the music of British singer Craig David before he races. (olympics.com, 31 Oct 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I want to be the best. I want to go out and win. I don't want to come second or third." (telegraph.co.uk, 29 Jul 2016)
Milestones
He became the first British male swimmer to win gold in an individual freestyle event at the world championships [long course] when he triumphed in the 200m freestyle at the 2015 edition in Kazan, Russian Federation. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Aug 2018; theguardian.com, 05 Aug 2015)
Famous relatives
His grandfather George Guy was a boxer and went undefeated in 26 bouts in the 1950s. His father Andrew was an academy player for English football team Leeds United, and also a physical training instructor in the army. (olympics.com, 31 Oct 2020)
Ambitions
He aspires to pursue a career in property following his retirement from competition. (sportsmole.co.uk, 21 Mar 2018; fina.org, 21 Dec 2020)
Other information
NEW DIRECTION
In August 2019 he changed coaches from long-time mentor Jol Finck to Dave McNulty while remaining at his National Centre Bath base in England. "I've had an amazing eight years with Jol and some fantastic swims. I just want to find a new energy for this year [speaking in 2019] and I feel a change is needed. I have a great relationship with Dave [McNulty]. He's a big believer in hard work and pushing his swimmers." (swimswam.com, 24 Aug 2019; teambath.com, 16 Apr 2021)

COACHING
In 2018 he set up the James Guy [JG] Academy to train a small group of top young British swimmers in the 12-16 age group. "We're looking for seven or eight kids from the UK. We all know that hard work beats talent. Hopefully if they are working hard, and I can see that the kids are grafters, in a few years they'll be the new stars of Team GB. I'll take the things I've learned as an athlete, and pass it on to them as the next generation of swimmers. It's about giving back to the kids and the community, and hopefully making them better athletes as well." In 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic he launched a website, James Guy Performance Coaching. "It's hand-written sessions by me, for any athlete of any age of any calibre, and bespoke to their specific event. The COVID plan is quite popular. I'm just trying to give back, rather than be on my backside all day, trying to keep my mind busy and to keep engaged with a lot of swimmers." (proswimwear.co.uk, 17 Aug 2018; jamesguyperformancecoaching.com, 21 Dec 2020; fina.org, 21 Dec 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly DNS
Heats 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 6:58.58
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:37.58
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:27.51
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle 1:45.49
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 52.10
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 3:44.68
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:03.13
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2022 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 1:55.54
Semifinal 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 51.50
4 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
3 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:31.31
3 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:04.00
4 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.65
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Freestyle 1:45.95
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 51.62
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:11.81
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:02.04
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:28.10
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:40.68
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:45.36
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 3:45.58
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 50.83
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:01.70
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:28.95
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.56
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 400m Freestyle 3:43.75
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:45.14
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:04.33
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:30.67
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 400m Freestyle 3:47.96
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:12.00
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:43.28
2 2014 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 3:36.35
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 50.99
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle  DNS
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:26.67
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:04.61
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:11.56
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:28.59
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:38.82
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 51.42
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Freestyle 1:46.20
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Butterfly 1:56.16
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:40.18
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:05.32
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:30.44
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:17.31
Heats 2016 London, ENG 400m Freestyle 3:52.91
3 2016 London, ENG 200m Freestyle 1:46.42
1 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:32.15
6 2016 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:10.73
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Butterfly 1:51.73
4 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Freestyle 1:42.11
Semifinal 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 50.56
4 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:24.82
2 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 51.10
4 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:44.13
10 2016   Overall  
1 2016 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 3:39.20
1 2016 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:42.22
2 2016 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 3:41.96
2 2016 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:43.17
9 2016 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 53.57
3 2016 Dubai, UAE 400m Freestyle 3:44.38
2 2016 Dubai, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:43.70
3 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 400m Freestyle 3:42.89
2 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:44.59
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:43.77
4 2016 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 51.50
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 3:40.70
5 2016 Paris, FRA 200m Butterfly 1:59.66
2 2016 Paris, FRA 400m Freestyle 3:42.46
2 2016 Singapore, SGP 400m Freestyle 3:43.00
4 2016 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:44.35
5 2016 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 3:43.83
6 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:44.63
35 2014   Overall  
4 2014 Singapore, SGP 400m Freestyle 3:40.87
2 2014 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:43.74
2 2014 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 3:40.82
4 2014 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:44.48
4 2013 Singapore, SGP 400m Freestyle 3:43.15
8 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:46.48
5 2013 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 3:43.21