Jacob Whittle Swimmer

  • DOB

    25 Sep 2004
  • Coach

    Mel Marshall
  • Club

    British Swimming Performance Centre, Loughborough
  • Main event

    Freestyle
  • Best result

    European Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 1
    • 1
    • 3
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Jacob Whittle was only 16 years old when he made his Olympic debut in the pool at Tokyo 2020, shortly after gaining his first senior international medals with a gold and a silver at the European Championships. 

The highlight of Jacob’s 2022 British Swimming Championships came in the 100m Freestyle. The Loughborough Performance Centre swimmer clinched bronze in an Age Group Record time, and he will hope to move things on again during a packed summer. 

At the Tokyo Olympics, Whittle – the youngest member of the Team GB swimming outfit – made the semi-final in the 100m Freestyle, after just missing out on a semi-final spot in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay. These results will be encouraging as he transitions from a flourishing junior career into more senior international competitions. 

The 16-year-old was one of many to make his senior international debut for GB at May's European Championships in Budapest. 

That meet brought him maiden senior titles on the global stage, with Whittle contributing to Mixed 4x100m Freestyle gold and a silver in the Men's 4x100m Freestyle event, as a sign of the valuable relay efforts he can offer in Tokyo. He also competed individually in the 50m and 100m Freestyle contests.

Earlier in the year, he competed in strong fields across all three sprint freestyle events at the British Swimming Selection Trials, finishing third in the 50m to set a new British age-group record. He broke the 100m Freestyle age-group mark at June's Glasgow Meet.

Whittle trained under Jamie Main at Derventio eXcel for the bulk of his fledgling career before linking up with Mel Marshall at the British Swimming Performance Centre in Loughborough.

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
50m Freestyle 2021 22.40
100m Freestyle 2021 48.11
200m Freestyle 2021 1:48.10
Olympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Freestyle 2021 - Tokyo 48.11 13th
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2021 - Tokyo 3:13.17 9th
World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Freestyle 2022 - Budapest 48.19 12th
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Budapest 3:11.14 4th
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Budapest 7:04.00 Bronze
Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Budapest 3:26.10 4th
European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
50m Freestyle 2021 - Budapest 22.65 32nd
100m Freestyle 2021 - Budapest 48.78 17th
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2021 - Budapest 3:14.29 Silver
Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay 2021 - Budapest 3:27.37 Gold
British Swimming Selection Trials
Event Year Time/Score Result
50m Freestyle 2021 - London 22.55 Bronze
100m Freestyle 2021 - London 48.76 4th
200m Freestyle 2021 - London 1:49.12 9th
British Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
50m Freestyle 2022 - Sheffield 22.81 10th
100m Freestyle 2022 - Sheffield 48.24 Bronze
200m Freestyle 2022 - Sheffield 1:49.80 10th
50m Freestyle 2019 - Glasgow 23.75 20th
100m Freestyle 2019 - Glasgow 50.37 11th
200m Freestyle 2019 - Glasgow 1:52.36 21st