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DOB: 17th February 1989
HOME TOWN: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
LEARNT TO SWIM: 3 years old
STARTED RACING: 9 years old
SWIMMING CLUB: Nova Centurion
COACH: Bill Furniss
SWIM SESSIONS PER WEEK: 10 x 2 hours
AVERAGE WEEKLY METERS SWAM: 70,000m
RETIRED: 23 years old (Feb 2013)

Major Events Medals:

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International Events:

International Event Medals Event Time
Olympic Games – London 2012 BRONZE 800m Freestyle 08:20:32
BRONZE 400m Freestyle 04:03:01
Olympic Games – Beijing 2008 GOLD 800m Freestyle 08:14.1
GOLD 400m Freestyle 04:03:22
World Championships 2011 GOLD 800m Freestyle 08:17.5
SILVER 400m Freestyle 04:04.0
World Championships 2009 (long course) 800m Freestyle 08:17.9
BRONZE 400m Freestyle 04:00.8
BRONZE 4×200 Freestyle Relay 07:45.5
World Championships 2008 (short course) GOLD 800m Freestyle 08:08.3
SILVER 4×200 Freestyle Relay 07:37.0
World Championships 2007 (long course) 800m Freestyle 08:36.3
Commonwealth Games 2010 GOLD 800m Freestyle 08:24.7
GOLD 400m Freestyle 04:05.7
BRONZE 200m Freestyle 01:58.5
BRONZE 4×200 Freestyle Relay 07:58.6
European Championships 2010 (long course) 800m Freestyle 08:27.5
GOLD 400m Freestyle 04:04.6
BRONZE 4×200 Freestyle Relay 07:55.3
European Championships 2006 (long course) SILVER 800m Freestyle 08:27.9

Awards & Achievements:

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  • Double Olympic Gold Medalist 2008
  • 4 time Olympic medalist – 4 Olympic finals, 4 medals
  • Double World Champion – 2008 short course and 2011 long course
  • Double Commonwealth Gold Medalist
  • World Record Holder 2008 – 2013
  • Len Award – European Swimmer of the Year 2008
  • Freedom of Mansfield 2008
  • Laureus Break through of the Year award 2009
  • Master of Arts Honorary Degree from Nottingham University 2009
  • Share record as GB’s most decorated female Olympian
  • First British swimmer to win 2 Olympic gold medals in 100 years
  • Swimming pool named in my honour in Mansfield which opened in 2010
  • Sports Journalists association Sportswoman of the year 2008 and 2011
  • 3rd in BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2008
  • OBE in 2009 New Years Honours List
  • Southeastern high speed train named after me
  • ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’ contestant 2013
  • Only swimmer to have ever won Europeans, Commonwealths, World Championships Long & Short Course and Olympic Games
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