|Swimming (S8), (SM8)|
|Competitor for Great Britain|
|1996 Atlanta||100 m Butterfly PR|
|2000 Sydney||100 m Butterfly WR|
|2000 Sydney||4×100 m Freestyle (heats)|
|1996 Atlanta||4x100 m Medley Relay|
|2000 Sydney||4×100 m Medley Relay|
|1996 Atlanta||200 m Individual Medley|
|2004 Athens||100 m Butterfly|
|IPC World Championships|
|1994 Malta||100 m Butterfly WR|
|1994 Malta||4×100 m Freestyle|
|1998 Christchurch, NZ||100 m Butterfly|
|2002 Mar Del Plata, Argentina||100 m Butterfly|
|1994 Malta||200 m Individual Medley|
|1998 Christchurch, NZ||4×100 m Medley Relay|
|2002 Mar Del Plata, Argentina||200 m Individual Medley|
|IPC European Championships|
|1995 Perpignan, France||100 m Butterfly ER|
|1999 Braunsweig, Germany||100 m Butterfly ER|
|1999 Braunsweig, Germany||200 m Individual Medley ER|
|2001 Stockholm, Sweden||100 m Butterfly|
|1995 Perpignan, France||200 m Individual Medley|
|2001 Stockholm, Sweden||200 m Individual Medley|
Long's international swimming career highlight was winning gold in the S8 100 m Butterfly in a new World Record time at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics.
The 1994 World Championships was his first major international. He won gold in the S8 100 m butterfly, breaking the world record in the process. He represented Great Britain at the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Atlanta, and won three medals, including gold in the 100 m butterfly. He competed again at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, where he won two gold medals and one silver, and set a new world record in the 100 m butterfly. He also took part in the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, winning bronze in the S8 100 m Butterfly.
He announced his retirement from competitive swimming in 2007.
On 5 July 2012 he was a Torchbearer as part of the Olympic Torch Relay. He was the first leg of Day 48 and started on top of Norwich Castle. He then carried the torch down inside the castle and round the walls before passing the flame on as it travelled towards Ipswich.
Long grew up in Braintree, Essex in the UK. He enjoyed being in the water and joined Braintree & Bocking Swimming Club in 1983 aged seven.
At the age of 13 he was diagnosed with an Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in his right Humerus (the bone which connects shoulder to elbow). He underwent chemotherapy at University College Hospital, London and had an operation to insert a full humeral prosthetic replacement (a metal bone) into his right arm at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), Stanmore. After the treatment and operation Long resumed swimming and returned to able-bodied competition though by now swimming with just his left arm.
Life returned to relative normality with a return to school but in late 1991 the disease returned with a serious infection during which Long nearly died. He was admitted to the now demolished Middlesex Hospital, London and was treated, again with chemotherapy, in the UK's first Teenage Cancer Trust unit. He was operated on by Mr Cannon at the RNOH and then spent six weeks in isolation to treat the infection. He was then operated on again before finishing his chemotherapy. The final part of the treatment was a course of Radiotherapy at Middlesex Hospital.
Television & Radio
Giles was part of the UK Channel 4 presenting and commentary team for the London 2012 Paralympics. His contribution was very well received. Clive James in the Daily Telegraph wrote "Giles Long, himself three times a Paralympics swimming gold medallist, who was so thorough in explaining the requirements of swimming with a damaged body that you learned a lot about swimming in general."
On the lead up to the 2012 Paralympics he presented the IPC World Swimming Championships in 2010 (both highlights and live web broadcast), BT Paralympic World Cup live coverage in 2011, the highlights of the IPC European Wheelchair Fencing Championships and packages for That Paralympic Show.
Long is the inventor of Lexi a groundbreaking graphics system that, for the first time, effectively explained the confusing system of classification in Paralympic sports on television. It was first used by London 2012 host broadcaster Channel 4 in the UK. It was also sub-licensed to ABC for use in Australia.
Giles Long is the global rights holder for Lexi.
Writer & Author
Giles wrote Changing to Win, an autobiography and motivational book, which was first published by Piatkus (now part of Little, Brown and Company) in October 2008. It was then reprinted in April 2010.
He wrote briefly for the Daily Telegraph in 2004 describing the emotional roller-coaster of competing at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. He also wrote a column in The Swimming Times from May 2008 to July 2009.
- Giles Long's athlete profile on the BBC
- Long has a cancerous tumour in his right arm. ("Giles Long profile", British government website)
- Biography on Long's official website
- "Long delighted with surprise MBE", BBC, 31 December 2005
- "Giles Long announces retirement", BBC, 20 March 2007
- Channel 4: meet the team