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Sport Swimming
NOC Great Britain   
Born17 Sep 1997 in Crewe, ENG
Height1.84 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Partner Anna Hopkin
Loughborough, ENG
Higher education
Sports Science - Loughborough University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 10 at Cockermouth Swimming Club in England.
Why this sport?
He was inspired after watching the sport on television. "My first memory of swimming was watching the [2008] Beijing Olympics."
Club / Team
National Centre Loughborough: England
Name of coach
Melanie Marshall [personal, national], GBR
General Interest
Playing video games. (swimswam.com, 04 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the 200m backstroke at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (newsandstar.co.uk, 30 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Melanie Marshall and Sean Balmer. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 07 May 2020)
In 2021 he sprained his ankle while out for a walk. His training was disrupted and he was back competing a few weeks later. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 18 Apr 2021; olymppics.com, 19 Apr 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I don't worry about what other people are going to do or the outcome of the race. it's really important to stay focused on what you can do to get there." (swimming.org, 29 Jul 2021)
Awards and honours
He was named 2021 Cumbria Sports Personality of the Year in England. (BBC Sport Cumbria Twitter profile, 26 Nov 2021)
Famous relatives
His partner Anna Hopkin was part of the Great Britain 4x100m mixed medley relay team that won gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Nov 2021; Instagram profile, 24 Nov 2021)
Other information
After making the transition to senior competition, he missed out on qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He then did not manage to win a medal at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and missed out on the podium in his individual events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. He also did not reach any final at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. In response to his dip in form, coach Melanie Marshall contacted his former coach Sean Balmer, and they devised a new training programme for him. In 2019 he won bronze in 200m backstroke and gold in 4x100m medley relay at the world championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. "The low point was Glasgow as I felt I hadn't reached my full potential, so I had to tweak my training. I had no idea what I was doing wrong and quitting wasn't an option. 2016 was a little bit of a shock to the system but was the wake-up call I needed. I had a couple of tough years starting as a senior swimmer but I think I've learned off the back of that. I've matured as an athlete and I understand myself a lot better." (swimming.org, 26 Jul 2019; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 07 May 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
17 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 53.79
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 1:54.72
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:27.51
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2022 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:55.16
Semifinal 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 53.99
3 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:31.31
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Backstroke 1:55.85
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Backstroke 53.75
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:28.10
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:58.50
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2022 Rome, ITA 200m Backstroke 1:56.15
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:54.62
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 53.34
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:28.59
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Backstroke 1:58.84
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Backstroke 54.65
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Backstroke 26.23
Semifinal 2016 London, ENG 200m Backstroke 1:59.21
Heats 2016 London, ENG 100m Backstroke 55.45
Heats 2016 London, ENG 50m Backstroke 26.50
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Backstroke 1:50.09
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Backstroke 24.26
5 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Backstroke 50.39
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Backstroke 1:55.14
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Individual Medley 2:00.76
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Backstroke 52.47
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Backstroke 24.81
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Individual Medley 56.51