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 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he finished 4th in the 200m backstroke.[4] Goddard also represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 200 m individual medley swimming events.[4] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he only competed in the men's 200 m individual medley, finishing in 7th.[4]

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. 
  4. ^ a b c "James Goddard Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 

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