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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
26 November 1995
187 cm
Bath, ENG
Athlete, Coach

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age four in Altrincham, England. "My mother got me involved so that I could learn to swim."
Why this sport?
"When I was younger I was obsessed with Bruce Lee. I used to do kung fu twice a week, gymnastics, football and even lacrosse. I was just a normal kid trying everything. Eventually swimming took over and it went from there."
Club / Team
Team Bath: England
Name of coach
Jolyon Finck [club]; Bill Furniss [national]

International Debut

Competing for
Great Britain

General Interest

Jimmy, Jimbob (Facebook page, 22 Nov 2016;, 12 Jun 2018)
Cars, fishing, supporting Manchester City Football Club. (Instagram profile, 18 Jun 2019;, 26 Mar 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning world championship gold medals in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2015 and 2017 world championships, and gold in the men's 200m freestyle at the 2015 edition. (, 12 Jun 2018)
Most influential person in career
His younger brother Luke and grandfather George. (, 04 Aug 2015;, 15 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino, US swimmers Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, German swimmer Paul Biedermann, US boxer Floyd Mayweather. (, 04 Apr 2018;, 23 Mar 2018;, 04 Aug 2015;, 04 Aug 2015;, 26 Sep 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He likes to listen to music before competing. (, 01 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I want to be the best. I want to go out and win. I don't want to come second or third." (, 29 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Male Swimmer of the Year by sporting website 'Pullbuoy'. (, 31 Dec 2017)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 21 Mar 2018)
Other information
In 2018 he set up the James Guy [JG] Academy to train a small group of top young British swimmers in the 12-16 age group, chosen by Guy. The academy plans to meet several times a year and address training and preparation both in and out of the pool. " We're looking for seven or eight kids from the UK. We all know that hard work beats talent. Hopefully if they are working hard, and I can see that the kids are grafters, in a few years they'll be the new stars of Team GB. I'll take the things I've learned as an athlete, and pass it on to them as the next generation of swimmers. It's about giving back to the kids and the community, and hopefully making them better athletes as well." (, 17 Aug 2018)

He became the first British male swimmer to win gold in an individual freestyle event at the world championships [long course] when he triumphed in the 200m freestyle at the 2015 edition of the tournament in Kazan, Russian Federation. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Aug 2018;, 05 Aug 2015)

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