James Guy Swimmer

  • DOB

    26 Nov 1995
  • Coach

    David McNulty
  • Club

    British Swimming Performance Centre, Bath
  • Main event

    Freestyle/Butterly
  • Best result

    Olympic and World Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 33
    • 13
    • 11
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James Guy is an Olympic and world champion who made his full senior international debut at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona and has medalled at every major benchmark meet since, including two golds and one silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

James’ solid set of performances at the 2022 British Swimming Championships served as great preparation for a packed summer of aquatics action. With gold medals in both the 100m and 200m Butterfly, the Bath swimmer then rounded off the week with a convincing swim in the 200m Freestyle final, earning bronze in a genuinely world-class field.

Tokyo’s Olympic Games were memorable for the David McNulty-coached athlete, with his first two Olympic titles being secured. Competing in all four relays he was eligible for, Guy won gold with both the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay and the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay teams, in world record and European record times respectively. Another memorable relay was the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay, with James swimming the fly leg to help Great Britain to a silver medal. The 4x100m Freestyle Relay was the last event for James, with the team just missing out on a spot in the final, touching in ninth place.

He won no fewer than six medals to his name at the 2021 European Championships in Budapest, including golds as part of the Men's and Mixed 4x100m Medley Relays, as well as the Mixed 4x200m Freestyle Relay. A bronze in the 100m Butterfly showed his enduring qualities in individual events too. 

He will hope to extend that eye-opening run of medals at major meets when he competes in Tokyo, his second Olympic Games. 

Guy swam the butterfly leg as part of the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay team that stunned the USA to secure victory in the event in Gwangju's World Championships of 2019, four years on from his 200m Freestyle and 4x200m Freestyle Relay triumphs in Kazan. 

The 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast - his second outing for Team England - saw Guy claim five medals, including four silvers - three in the relays and one in the Men's 100m Butterfly - and a 400m Freestyle bronze. 

He then went on to pick up four more medals at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, three of them relay golds and an individual bronze in the 100m Butterfly. He narrowly missed out on a podium finish in the 200m Freestyle, ranking fourth overall.

An action-packed schedule at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest saw Guy medal in three of the six events in which he competed. 

An individual bronze came his way in the Men's 100m Butterfly, where he broke an eight-year-old British record twice on the way to his podium finish. Guy also helped Britain successfully defend the Men's 4x200m Freestyle world title - an effort which brought a new British record with it - and, on the final night of racing in Budapest, he collected silver as part of the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay quartet, swimming the butterfly leg.

At Rio 2016, Guy claimed two silver medals on his Olympic debut. They came in the Men's 4x200m Freestyle and 4x100m Medley relays, both in British record time. The National Centre Bath athlete also competed individually in the 200m and 400m Freestyle events, securing finals berths in both and finishing fourth and sixth respectively.

Earlier in 2016, he secured the Men's 4x100 Medley Relay title at the European Championships, along with an individual continental bronze in the 200m Freestyle.

Guy truly showed his potential at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan by winning a breathtaking individual gold in the Men's 200m Freestyle, followed up by a silver in the 400m Freestyle.  He then achieved gold for a second time at the Worlds when he anchored the Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay quartet to a historic victory and on to the top of the podium. 

In 2014, the Bury-born swimmer laid down a signal of intent with a hat-trick of golds at the British Championships, taking the touch in the 200m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly events - and breaking the British Men's 400m Freestyle record in the process. 

He won his first senior international medal later in the season, lowering the British record again to claim 400m Freestyle bronze for England on his Commonwealth debut at Glasgow 2014.

The previous year saw Guy make his mark among the senior ranks of British Swimming when he made it on to the podium at the British Championships, sealing himself a bronze in both the 200m and 400m Freestyle events. 

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
200m Freestyle 2015 1:45.14
400m Freestyle 2015 3:43.75 BR
100m Butterfly 2017 50.67 BR
200m Butterfly 2022 1:54.91
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2021 6:58.58 ER
4x100m Medley Relay 2021 3:27.51 ER
Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay 2021 3:37.58 WR
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
200m Freestyle 2019 1:42.11
400m Freestyle 2014 3:36.35 BR
100m Butterfly 2019 50.56
200m Butterfly 2019 1:51.73
Olympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
4x100m Medley Relay 2021 - Tokyo 3:27.51 Silver
Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay 2021 - Tokyo 3:37.58 Gold
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2021 - Tokyo 6:58.58 Gold
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2021 - Tokyo 3:13.17 9th
200m Freestyle 2016 - Rio 1:45.49 4th
400m Freestyle 2016 - Rio 3:44.68 6th
100m Butterfly 2016 - Rio 52.10 14th
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2016 - Rio 7:03.13 Silver
4x100m Medley Relay 2016 - Rio 3:29.24 Silver
World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Butterfly 2022 - Budapest 51.50 11th
200m Butterfly 2022 - Budapest 1:55.54 8th
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Budapest 3:12.55 4th
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2022 - Budapest 7:04.00 Bronze
4x100m Medley Relay 2022 - Budapest 3:31.31 Bronze
Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay 2022 - Budapest 3:41.65 4th
100m Butterfly 2019 - Gwangju 51.62 7th
200m Freestyle 2019 - Gwangju 1:45.95 11th
Mixed 4x100m Medley 2019 - Gwangju 3:40.68 Bronze
4x100m Medley Relay 2019 - Gwangju 3:28.10 Gold
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2019 - Gwangju 3:11.81 5th
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2019 - Gwangju 7:02.04 5th
200m Freestyle 2017 - Budapest 1:45.36 5th
400m Freestyle 2017 - Budapest 3:45.58 6th
100m Butterfly 2017 - Budapest 50.83 Bronze
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2017 - Budapest 7:01.70 Gold
4x100m Medley Relay 2017 - Budapest 3:28.95 Silver
Mixed 4x100m Medley 2017 - Budapest 3:41.56 5th
200m Freestyle 2015 - Kazan 1:45.14 Gold
400m Freestyle 2015 - Kazan 3:43.75 Silver
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2015 - Kazan 7:04.33 Gold
4x100m Medley Relay 2015 - Kazan 3:30.67 4th
400m Freestyle 2013 - Barcelona 3:47.96 5th
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2013 - Barcelona 7:12.00 8th
European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Butterfly 2021 - Budapest 50.99 Bronze
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2021 - Budapest 3:11.56 Silver
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2021 - Budapest 7:04.61 Silver
4x100m Medley Relay 2021 - Budapest 3:28.59 Gold
Mixed 4x200m Freestyle Relay 2021 - Budapest 7:26.67 Gold
Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay 2021 - Budapest 3:38.82 Gold
200m Freestyle 2018 - Glasgow 1:46.20 4th
100m Butterfly 2018 - Glasgow 51.42 Bronze
4x100m Freestyle Realy 2018 - Glasgow 3:17.31 10th
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2018 - Glasgow 7:05.32 Gold
4x100m Medley Relay 2018 - Glasgow 3:30.44 Gold
Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay 2018 - Glasgow 3:40.18 Gold
200m Freestyle 2016 - London 1:46.42 Bronze
400m Freestyle 2016 - London 3:52.91 27th
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2016 - London 7:10.73 6th
4x100m Medley Relay 2016 - London 3:52.15 Gold
Commonwealth Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
200m Freestyle 2018 - Gold Coast 1:46.40 4th
400m Freestyle 2018 - Gold Coast 3:45.32 Bronze
100m Butterfly 2018 - Gold Coast 51.31 Silver
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2018 - Gold Coast 3:15.25 Silver
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2018 - Gold Coast 7:08.57 Silver
4x100m Medley Relay 2018 - Gold Coast 3:31.13 Silver
200m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 1:46.84 6th
400m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 3:44.58 Bronze
100m Butterfly 2014 - Glasgow 52.63 6th
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2014 - Glasgow 7:12.66 4th
British Swimming Selection Trials
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Butterfly 2021 - London 51.44 Gold
200m Butterfly 2021 - London 1:55.20 Gold
200m Freestyle 2021 - London 1:46.04 4th
British Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Butterfly 2022 - Sheffield 51.69 Gold
200m Butterfly 2022 - Sheffield 1:56.31 Gold
200m Freestyle 2022 - Sheffield 1:46.44 Bronze
200m Freestyle 2019 - Glasgow 1:46.34 Silver
100m Butterfly 2019 - Glasgow 51.97 Gold
200m Butterfly 2019 - Glasgow 1:56.51 Gold
400m Freestyle 2018 - Sheffield 3:54.87 Silver
50m Butterfly 2018 - Edinburgh 24.24 Gold
200m Butterfly 2018 - Edinburgh 1:58.05 Gold
200m Freestyle 2017 - Sheffield 1:45.55 Gold
400m Freestyle 2017 - Sheffield 3:44.74 Gold
100m Butterfly 2017 - Sheffield 51.52 Gold
200m Butterfly 2017 - Sheffield 1:55.91 Gold
200m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 1:45.19 Gold
400m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 3:43.84 Gold
100m Butterfly 2016 - Galsgow 52.15 Gold
100m Freestyle 2015 - London 49.80 6th
200m Freestyle 2015 - London 1:46.32 Gold
400m Freestyle 2015 - London 3:44.16 Gold
200m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 1:47.54 Gold
400m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 3:45.15 Gold
100m Butterfly 2014 - Glasgow 52.55 Gold
200m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 1:48.29 Bronze
200m Freestyle 2012 - London 1:50.38 13th
400m Freestyle 2012 - London 3:57.08 19th
100m Butterfly 2012 - London 55.60 43rd
200m Butterfly 2012 - London 2:00.93 11th
200m Individual Medley 2012 - London 2:06.39 34th
400m Individual Medley 2012 - London 4:26.24 16th