James Goddard

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James Goddard
Personal information
Full name James Francis Goddard
Nickname(s) Gibbon, Jimmy
Nationality British
Born (1983-03-30) 30 March 1983 (age 32)
Victoria, Seychelles
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club Stockport Metro

James Francis Goddard (born 30 March 1983 in Victoria, Seychelles) is a British backstroke swimmer.

Personal life[edit]

Goddard was born in the Seychelles, but moved to Stockport during his youth, and attended Werneth School. He is a keen Manchester City F.C. supporter,[2] and trains in Stockport with other swimmers such as Keri-Anne Payne and Michael Rock.[3]


Goddard represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 200 m backstroke and 200 m individual medley swimming events. Goddard also represented Great Britain at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he finished 4th in the 200m backstroke.

Goddard represented England in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, where he won a gold in the men's 200 m backstroke and a bronze in the men's 200m individual medley, at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where he again won a gold in the men's 200m backstroke and this time gold in the men's 200m individual medley.

Personal bests and records held[edit]

Event Long course Short course
100 m backstroke 54.90 52.87
200 m backstroke 1:55.58 CR 1:53.43
100 m individual medley 52.05
200 m individual medley 1:57.12 NR 1:52.57
400 m individual medley 4:16.05 4:15.87
Key CR:Commonwealth NR:British

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "James Goddard". Team GB. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  2. ^ Scott Elliot, Robin (25 July 2012). "James Goddard: Battling for swimming bronze after Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  3. ^ "London 2012: Stockport Olympians ready for London". BBC Sport. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 

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