Hannah Russell Para-Swimmer

  • DOB

    5 Aug 1996
  • Coach

    Rob Greenwood
  • Club

    National Performance Centre
  • Main event

    Backstroke
  • Best result

    Paralympic Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 15
    • 18
    • 12
Hannah Russell Torso

Hannah Russell made her Paralympic debut in front of the home crowd in 2012 and came home with three medals and hasn't looked back winning titles at the World and European Championships before returning for more Paralympic success in 2016 in Brazil.

Russell secured three medals including two podium topping swims in the S12 50m Freestyle and the S12 100m Backstroke. This South American success followed European gold, silver and bronze in May and a trio of domestic titles earlier in the year.

2015 started with a move to the Manchester based National Performance Centre for Russell, she then went on to collect a medal haul of four at the British Para-Swimming International Meet including two gold.

Russel went on to become the World champion in the S12 50m Freestyle in Glasgow and take a further two silvers in the S12 100m Freestyle and S12 100m Backstroke.

2014 saw Russell return to the European stage, winning 100m Backstroke gold as well as five individual silver medals in Eindhoven.

Russell landed her first international gold, topping the podium in the 100m Backstroke on her IPC World Championship debut at Montreal 2013. She also scooped three silvers (50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly) and a bronze (400m Freestyle) in Canada.

She made further improvement in 2012, winning her first British title in the MC 100m Backstroke, setting her first world records with short course efforts over 100m Backstroke and 400m Freestyle, then confirming her qualification to London 2012 in five events. Russell shone at her first Paralympic Games, kicking her campaign off with 400m Freestyle silver then adding bronzes over 100m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly.

Hannah Russell broke through in the S12 visually impaired classification in 2011, winning MC 100m Backstroke bronze on her British Gas Swimming Championships debut in Manchester. A few months later, she reached her first international podium with 100m Backstroke silver and 100m Butterfly bronze at the IPC European Championships in Berlin.


Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
S12 50m Freestyle 2016 27.01 BR
S12 100m Freestyle 2015 59.26 BR
S12 200m Freestyle 2013 2:13.42 BR
S12 400m Freestyle 2015 4:37.14 WR
S12 50m Backstroke 2014 31.95 WR
S12 100m Backstroke 2016 1:06.06
S12 200m Backstroke 2014 2:35.61 ER
S12 50m Butterfly 2014 31.25 BR
S12 100m Butterfly 2015 1:07.48
SM12 200m Individual Medley 2015 2:30.18 BR
SM12 400m Individual Medley 2014 5:49.68 ER
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
S12 50m Freestyle 2014 27.40 BR
S12 100m Freestyle 2013 59.73 BR
S12 200m Freestlye 2012 2:12.16 BR
S12 400m Freestyle 2013 4:28.94 WR
S12 50m Backstroke 2010 34.81 BR
S12 100m Backstroke 2014 1:05.78 WR
S12 50m Butterfly 2014 31.40 BR
S12 100m Butterfly 2013 1:09.05 BR
SM12 100m Individual Medley 2014 1:08.90 BR
SM12 200m Individual Medley 2013 2;30.54 BR
Paralympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
S12 50m Freestyle 2016 - Rio 27.53 Gold
S13 100m Freestyle (12) 2016 - Rio 1:00.07 Bronze
S12 100m Backstroke 2016 - Rio 1:06.06 Gold
S12 50m Freestlye 2012 - London 28.07 4th
S12 100 Freestyle 2012 - London 1:02.38 6th
S12 400m Freestyle 2012 - London 4:38.60 Silver
S12 100m Backstroke 2012 - London 1:10.15 Bronze
S12 100m Butterfly 2012 - London 1:08.57 Bronze
IPC World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
S12 50m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 27.51 Gold
S13 100m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 59.26 Silver
S12 100m Backstroke 2015 - Glasgow 1:06.79 Silver
SM13 200m Individual Medley 2015 - Glasgow 2:30.18 4th
S12 50m Freestyle 2013 - Montreal 28.19 Silver
S12 100m Freestyle 2013 - Montreal 1:01.08 Silver
S12 400m Freestyle 2013 - Montreal 4:50.23 Bronze
S12 100m Backstroke 2013 - Montreal 1:08.72 Gold
S12 100m Butterfly 2013 - Montreal 1:09.42 Silver
IPC European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
S12 50m Freestyle 2016 - Funchal 27.46 Silver
S12 100m Freestyle 2016 - Funchal 59.32 Bronze
S12 100m Backstroke 2016 - Funchal 1:06.18 Gold
S12 50m Freestyle 2014 - Eindhoven 27.51 Silver
S12 100m Freestyle 2014 - Eindhoven 1:00.62 Silver
S12 400m Freestyle 2014 - Eindhoven 4:45.72 Silver
S12 100m Backstroke 2014 - Eindhoven 1:08.29 Gold
S12 100m Butterfly 2014 - Eindhoven 1:09.91 Silver
SM12 200m Individual Medley 2014 - Eindhoven 2:35.79 Silver
S12 50m Freestyle 2011 - Berlin 29.04 5th
S12 100m Freestyle 2011 - Berlin 1:04.73 6th
S12 400m Fresstyle 2011 - Berlin 4:51.35 4th
S12 100m Backstroke 2011 - Berlin 1:11.38 Silver
S12 100m Buttefly 2011 - Berlin 1:11.83 Bronze
British Para-Swimming International Meet
Event Year Time/Score Result
MC 50m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 27.01 Gold
MC 100m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 59.40 Gold
MC 100m Backstroke 2016 - Glasgow 1:07.07 Gold
MC 50m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 27.64 Bronze
MC 100m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 1:00.01 Silver
MC 400m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 4:42.96 Gold
MC 100m Backstroke 2015 - Glasgow 1:06.15 Gold
MC 50m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 27.91 4th
MC 100m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 1:02.02 8th
MC 400m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 4:52.21 Bronze
MC 100m Backstroke 2014 - Glasgow 1:09.19 Bronze
MC 100m Butterfly 2014 - Glasgow 1:15.05 25th
MC 200m Individual Medley 2014 - Glasgow 2:38.17 8th
MC 50m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 27.91 Silver
MC 100m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 1:01.25 Silver
MC 400m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 4:42.51 Gold
MC 100m Backstroke 2013 - Sheffield 1:10.07 4th
MC 100m Butterfly 2013 - Sheffield 1:12.17 8th
MC 100m Freestyle 2012 - Sheffield 1:02.70 6th
MC 400m Freestyle 2012 - Sheffield 4:47.93 Bronze
MC 100m Backstroke 2012 - Sheffield 1:10.32 8th