|Full name||Caitlin McClatchey|
28 November 1985 |
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||54 kg (119 lb; 8.5 st)|
|Club||University of Edinburgh|
|Achievements and titles|
100 m free LC: 54.31 (2008)
Caitlin McClatchey (born 28 November 1985) is a British swimmer. Representing Scotland, she won two gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, in the 200 metres freestyle and 400 metres freestyle. Representing Great Britain, she won bronze medals in the 400 m freestyle at the 2005 World Championships and 2006 European Championships. She has also competed at three Olympic Games and reached the Olympic 200 m freestyle final in 2008 and 2012. She is a former British record holder in the 100 m, 200 m and 400 m Freestyle.
She graduated with a politics degree from Loughborough University in 2011.
McClatchey was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England and raised in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, making her eligible for the England team. However, she chose to follow in the footsteps of her parents, John and Louise, who swam for the Scottish team at the 1970 and 1974 Commonwealth Games respectively. Her uncle Alan McClatchey was an Olympic bronze medallist in 1976. She is a member of the University of Edinburgh swimming club, having previously been a member of Northampton swimming club.
McClatchey competed at her first Olympics in Athens 2004, finishing fifth as part of the British team in the 4×200 m freestyle relay. In 2005, she won a bronze medal in the 400 m freestyle in the 2005 World Championships.
Competing in the 2006 Commonwealth games, McClatchey made national headlines by winning two gold medals. McClatchey won her first Commonwealth gold in the 200 m freestyle, defeating Australian favourite Libby Lenton. In the 400 m freestyle she narrowly shaded a 3-way sprint for the line, winning in a time of 4:07.69. Also in 2006, she won a European Championship bronze medal in the 400 m freestyle.
McClatchey competed in the 2007 World Championships, but did not win a medal, placing 7th in the final of the 200 m freestyle and failing to reach the final in the 400 m freestyle. She swam in the British team that came 5th in the 4×200 m freestyle final, setting a new British record. McClatchey was disappointed in her results and said that she needed to revise her training schedule to build up muscle.
Selected for the 2008 Olympic Games she finished sixth in the 200m freestyle being the only Briton to reach the final. She was also selected for the 4x200m freestyle relay team that was widely tipped for a chance of winning a medal, but a gamble to rest top swimmers; including McClatchey in the heats backfired and the team failed to qualify. This was particularly disappointing as McClatchey had already pulled out of the 100m freestyle individual event to concentrate on this. In 2009, she was a member of the British teams that set the UK records in the 4 x 100 metres and 4 x 200 m freestyle relays. As of 2014, both records still stand. She is also a former UK record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 m freestyle.
McClatchey competed for Scotland in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, reaching the semi-finals of the 100-metre freestyle, finishing fifth in the 4 × 200-metre freestyle relay, fifth in the 4 × 100-metre freestyle relay, and fifth in the 4 × 100-metre medley relay.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, McClatchey reached the 200 m freestyle final, finishing seventh. She was also a member of the British teams that finished fifth in both the 4 x 100 m freestyle and 4 x 200 m freestyle relays.
- "World Swimming Championships: Caitlin stays upbeat despite heats defeat". Northampton Chronicle and Echo. 26 March 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
- "Caitlin's left behind in record race". Evening Times Online. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
- "Swimming: Record is consolation for Caitlin". Northhampton Chronicle and Echo. 30 March 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
- "McClatchey out to add more muscle". bbc.co.uk. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
- "Swimming Schedule and Results". Retrieved 22 August 2007.
- Lonsbrough, Anita (21 March 2006). "Commonwealth Games: Determined McClatchey is the flower of Scotland". The Daily Telegraph (London).
- Lonsbrough, Anita (13 August 2008). "GB relay medal chance lost as gamble on women's 200m relay fails". The Daily Telegraph (London).