James Clegg (swimmer)
5 January 1994 |
|Club||East Lothian Swim Team|
Clegg was born in Stockport, England in 1994. Clegg, who is visually impaired, was introduced to disability swimming while a schoolboy. Clegg came to prominence in the run-up to the 2012 Summer Paralympics, coming second in the British Swimming Championships of 2012 in the S12 100m butterfly. His time of 1:01.46 beat Ian Sharpe's 12 year British record. In the 2012 British International Disability Championships, he also posted strong results in the S12 50m and 100m freestyle events, with a time of 26.36 in the 50m.
His events in the 2012 trials, saw Clegg being selected for the Great Britain team in the 100m butterfly and 50m and 100m freestyle for the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. Clegg was joined in the Great Britain squad by his older sister, Libby, who is also visually impaired. Libby, a sprinter, was chosen for the 100m and 200m sprint.
Clegg's first event at the 2012 Paralympics was his favoured 100m butterfly. He finished third in his heat, with a time of 59.99s. The finals, in the afternoon session, saw him finish in 1:00.00 which was good enough to give him the bronze medal. In the latter stages of the Games he also qualified through both his heats in the freestyle events to challenge in the finals, but failed to win a medal in either.
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