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Joe LITCHFIELD
Sport Swimming
NOC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Born08 Jul 1998 in Pontefract, ENG
Height1.84 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
England
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise Science, Sports Science - Sheffield Hallam University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at Doncaster Dartes Swimming Club in England.
Why this sport?
"My brother was swimming at that club [Doncaster Dartes Swimming Club] so I went there, just trained, it was basically just a thing to keep me fit when I was younger. My first club helped me develop all the baseline skills you need to be a good swimmer."
Club / Team
National Centre Loughborough: England
Name of coach
Dave Hemmings [club]
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching sports. (a.isl.global, 01 Dec 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents, Doncaster Dartes coach Andy Wallace. (swimming.org, 15 Jul 2021)
Hero / Idol
British swimmers Fran Halsall and Liam Tancock. (swimming.org, 12 May 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A happy swimmer is a fast swimmer." (a.isl.global, 01 Dec 2019)
Famous relatives
His older brother Max represented Great Britain in swimming at the Olympic Games in 2016 and 2020, finishing fourth in the 400m individual medley on both occasions. His father Peter played professional football for Bradford City and Scunthorpe United in England. His sister Grace has competed in swimming at club level in England. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Nov 2021; yorkshirepost.co.uk, 28 Jul 2021, 27 Apr 2021; teamgb.com, 27 Apr 2021; swimming.org, 12 May 2020; dartes.co.uk, 22 Apr 2014)
Other information
BROTHER
He has gained motivation during his career by measuring himself against his older brother Max, and he says competing alongside his brother at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo was a special moment. "Throughout my career I've been chasing Max, but as you get older you gradually work your way up to that level and that's happening now. He's been great to look up to and learn from, and we're both proud of each other. The Olympics might have been a bit of a long shot for me last year [2020]. I think the postponement gave me a platform to move on from, and working hard with Max in Loughborough has just boosted that dynamic. It's been a target for us throughout our careers, but this [the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo] is actually the first time that we've been on the same team for one of the biggest competitions. There was the Commonwealths in 2018 but Max had to pull out with injury. So, for this to be the first proper time we'll be alongside each other at senior level is pretty insane. It's pretty mental and a dream come true." (teamgb.com, 27 Apr 2021; thestar.co.uk, 27 Apr 2021)

STUDIES
He has studied sport and exercise science at both Sheffield Hallam University and Loughborough University in England. (Facebook profile, 22 Nov 2021; shu.ac.uk, 13 Feb 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
34 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Individual Medley 2:00.11
Heats 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 55.52
3 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:04.00
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 1:58.79
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 54.83
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Backstroke 23.27
Semifinal 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Backstroke 50.82
7 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Individual Medley 52.45
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Butterfly 1:54.68
Semifinal 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 50.86
8 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Individual Medley 1:54.55
4 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:24.82