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Alys THOMAS
Sport Swimming
NOC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Born10 Oct 1990 in Swansea, WAL
Height1.77 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Swansea, WAL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Psychology - Swansea University: Wales
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim as a baby and at age five joined Kingston Royals SC in London, England.
Club / Team
Swansea Aquatics: Wales
Name of coach
Stuart McNarry [personal]
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be patient, work hard and it will come." (cardiffstudentmedia.co.uk, 24 Feb 2020)
Other information
LATE BLOOMER
In 2018 she became FINA's top-ranked swimmer in the women's 200m butterfly, having also won gold in that event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. She says achieving success later than most was the result of hard work and that swimmers should not be discounted due to their age. "This is my first major international medal. I'm finally breaking through now. It says something about being patient when you're young. Some people say that 28 may be old for swimming but in the grand scheme of life, 28 is pretty young and our bodies are in their peaks. I don't think people should see that as an obstacle at all." (bbc.co.uk, 19 Jul 2019, 01 Aug 2018; walesonline.co.uk, 09 Apr 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 2:07.90
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Butterfly 2:07.48
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 59.25
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:59.38
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:08.72
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly  DNS
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 58.21
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:11.51
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 59.46
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Butterfly 2:07.42
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 58.44
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 27.24
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:56.91