James Crisp Para-Swimmer

  • DOB

    11 Oct 1982
  • Coach

    Russ Barber
  • Club

    City of Sheffield
  • Main event

    Backstroke
  • Best result

    Paralympic silver medallist
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 19
    • 16
    • 10
James Crisp Torso

James Crisp first represented his country in 1997 and has since enjoyed a successful career that has seen him win medals at every level of the sport including 11 Paralympic medals. 

In 2015 Crisp competed and medalled at his sixth IPC World Championships. His time in Glasgow saw him secure two final berths and come away with a silver medal in the S9 100m Backstroke.

Crisp’s medal trend remained throughout 2014 also, bagging himself a gold and bronze at the European Championships in Eindhoven. Gold in the S9 100m Backstroke and a bronze in the SB8 100m Breaststroke.

The 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal saw Crisp claim S9 100m Backstroke silver, with an earlier bronze at the British Para-Swimming International Meet to qualify for the World Championships. A third Paralympic team selection came in 2012, competing in front of a home crowd at London 2012 he claimed an S9 silver in 100m Backstroke.

James’s fourth appearance at a Europeans saw him come away with five medals at Berlin 2011; gold, silver and three bronze.

Crisp has gone on to win medals at every Paralympics and IPC Swimming World or European Championship at which he has competed. His career-best performance at IPC level was claiming five golds and two bronzes at the 2002 IPC World Championships in Mar Del Plata.

He made his Paralympic debut at Sydney 2000 two years later and impressed to land seven medals including individual golds over S9 100m Backstroke and SM9 200m Individual Medley and relay gold with the 34pt 4x100m Freestyle Relay quartet.

James Crisp has competed at the top level of Para-Swimming for more than a decade, he won his first IPC Swimming World Championship medals at the 1998 staging in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
S9 100m Freestyle 2011 59.67
S9 400m Freestyle 2010 4:21.52 BR
S9 100m Backstroke 2010 1:03.32 ER
S9 200m Backstroke 2012 2:16.16 BR
SB8 100m Breaststroke 2013 1:14.92 BR
S9 100m Butterfly 2006 1:04.46 BR
SM9 Individual Medley 2011 2:19.85
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
S9 100m Freestyle 2011 58.68
S9 400m Freestyle 2009 4:18.38 BR
S9 100m Backstroke 2010 1:02.52 BR
S9 200m Backstroke 2003 2:12.89 BR
SB8 100m Breaststroke 2009 1:14.31
S9 100m Butterfly 2009 1:04.68 BR
SM9 200m Individual Medley 2002 2:19.57 ER
Paralympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
S9 100m Backstroke 2016 - Rio 1:05.01 4th
SM9 200m Individual Medley Rio - 2016 2:24.96 7th
S9 100m Freestyle 2012 - London 1:00.76 17th
S9 400m Freestyle 2012 - London 4:26.61 8th
S9 100m Backstroke 2012 - London 1:03.62 Silver
SB8 100m Breaststroke 2012 - London 1:15.71 6th
SM9 200m Individual Medley 2012 - London 2:21.10 5th
34pt 4x100m Medeley Relay 2012 - London 4:20.54 5th
S9 50m Freestyle 2004 - Athens 29.45 20th
S9 100m Freestyle 2004 - Athens 1:01.49 11th
S9 400m Freestyle 2004 - Athens 4:28.38 Silver
S9 100m Backstroke 2004 - Athens 1:05.42 Silver
SB8 100m Breaststroke 2004 - Athens 1:19.47 Silver
S9 100m Butterfly 2004 - Athens 1:06.87 8th
SM9 200m Individual Medley 2004 - Athens 2:24.88 Bronze
34pt 4x100m Medley Relay 2004 - Athens 4:31.23 4th
S9 100m Freestyle 2000 - Sydney 1:00.58 Bronze
S9 400m Freestyle 2000 - Sydney 4:31.45 Bronze
S9 100m Backstroke 2000 - Sydney 1:05.15 Gold
S9 100m Butterfly 2000 - Sydney 1:05.59 Silver
SM9 200m Individual Medley 2000 - Sydney 2:25.33 Gold
34pt 4x100m Medley Relay 2000 - Sydney 4:38.71 Silver
IPC World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
S9 100m Backstroke 2015 - Glasgow 1:05.12 Silver
SM9 200m Individual Medley 2015 - Glasgow 2:21.93 4th
S9 100m Backstroke 2013 - Montreal 1:03.83 Silver
SB8 100m Breaststroke 2013 - Montreal 1:14.92 4th
SM9 200m Individual Medley 2013 - Montreal 2:19.90 5th
S9 400m Freestyle 2010 - Eindhoven 4:21.52 Bronze
S9 100m Backstroke 2010 - Eindhoven 1:03.52 Silver
SM9 200m Individual Medley 2010 - Eindhoven 2:20.43 4th
S9 50m Freestyle 2006 - Durban 28.82 18th
S9 400m Freestyle 2006 - Durban 4:22.60 Gold
S9 100m Backstroke 2006 - Durban 1:05.68 Bronze
S9 100m Butterfly 2006 - Durban 1:04.72 5th
SM9 200m Individual Medley 2006 - Durban 2:22.85 Bronze
34pt 4x100m Medley Relat 2006 - Durban 4:28.26 Silver
S9 50m Freestyle 2002 - Mar Del Plata 29.44 12th
S9 100m Freestyle 2002 - Mar Del Plata 1:00.78 Bronze
S9 400m Freestyle 2002 - Mar Del Plata 4:27.93 Gold
S9 100m Backstroke 2002 - Mar Del Plata 1:05.06 Gold
SB8 100m Breaststroke 2002 - Mar Del Plata 1:18.00 Gold
S9 100m Butterfly 2002 - Mar Del Plata 1:05.22 Bronze
SM9 200m Individual Medley 2002 - Mar Del Plata 2:22.87 Gold
34pt 4x100m Medley Relay 2002 - Mar Del Plata 4:33.43 Gold
S9 400m Freestyle 1998 - Christchurch 4:35.80 Silver
S9 100m Backstroke 1998 - Christchurch 1:07.58 Gold
SM9 200m Individual Medley 1998 - Christchurch 2:28.32 Gold
4x100m Freestyle Relay 1998 - Christchurch 4:22.60 Bronze
4x100m Freestyle Relay 1998 - Christchurch 4:48.66 Bronze
IPC European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
S9 100m Backstroke 2016 - Funchal 1:04.18 Gold
S9 200m Individual Medley 2016 - Funchal 2:23.33 4th
S9 100m Backstroke 2014 - Eindhoven 1:04.30 Gold
SB8 100m Breaststroke 2014 - Eindhoven 1:16.14 Bronze
SM9 200m Individual Medley 2014 - Eindhoven 2:24.03 4th
S9 100m Freestyle 2011 - Berlin 59.67 10th
S9 400m Freestyle 2011 - Berlin 4:22.88 Bronze
S9 100m Backstroke 2011 - Berlin 1:03.68 Gold
SM9 200m Individual Medley 2011 - Berlin 2:19.85 Silver
34pt 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2011 - Berlin 3:57.79 Bronze
34pt 4x100m Medley Relay 2011 - Berlin 4:25.17 Bronze
S9 100m Freestyle 2001 - Stockholm 1:00.76 Gold
S9 100m Backstroke 2001 - Stockholm 1:12.32 Gold
S9 100m Butterfly 2001 - Stockholm 1:05.09 Gold
SM9 200m Individual Medley 2001 - Stockholm 2:25.60 Gold
34pt 4x100m Medley Relay 2001 - Stockholm 4:37.20 Gold
S9 400m Freestyle 1999 - Braunschweig 4:32.65 Silver
S9 100m Backstroke 1999 - Braunschweig 1:06.79 Gold
S9 100m Butterfly 1999 - Braunschweig 1:07.26 Gold
SM9 200m Individual Medley 1999 - Braunschweig 2:26.05 Gold
34pt 4x100m medlet Relay 1999 - Braunschweig 5:35.52 Gold
British Para-Swimming International Meet
Event Year Time/Score Result
MC 100m Backstroke 2016 - Glasgow 1:04.24 Bronze
MC 200m Individual Medley 2016 - Glasgow 2:24.81 6th
MC 100m Backstroke 2015 - Glasgow 1:04.79 4th
MC 200m Individual Medley 2015 - Glasgow 2;29.65 24th
MC 100m Backstroke 2014 - Glasgow 1:05.44 7th
MC 100m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 1:17.48 23rd
MC 200m Individual Medley 2014 - Glasgow 2:23.52 7th
MC 100m Backstroke 2013 - Sheffield 1:04.10 Bronze
MC 100m Breaststroke 2013 - Sheffield 1:21.28 19th
MC 200m Individual Medley 2013 - Sheffield 2:21.29 6th
MC 100m Freestyle 2012 - Sheffield 1:01.30 39th
MC 100m Backstroke 2012 Sheffield 1:04.47 5th
MC 100m Breaststroke 2012 - Sheffield 1:18.20 30th