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James Magnussen



11/04/91 Port Macquarie, NSW Australia


Sydney, NSW






Mitch Falvey

Something interesting about yourself:

I have a miniature sausage dog named Olli

Notable Quote

“What you do in life echoes in eternity”

What do you want to do after Swimming?

Real Estate / Development

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Career Highlights

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, James won a gold medal swimming the anchor leg in the 4x100m freestyle relay 

James won a gold medal in the 100m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle relay, and silver in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai.

He won a silver and bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in the 100m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay respectively 

James successfully defended his 100m freestyle world title at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

In 2014 he won gold in the 100m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Returned from injury to make the Rio 2016 Olympic team and helped his 4x100m freestyle relay team to bronze

Australian Representative Honours and Results

Olympic Games               
  • London, England, 2012, Silver: 100m freestyle Bronze: 4x100m medley relay
  • Rio, Brazil, 2016 Bronze: 4x100m freestyle relay
Olympic Games Total: S: 1 B: 1

World Championships   
  • Shanghai, China, 2011, Gold: 100m free, 4x100m free Silver: 4x100m medley
  • Barcelona, Spain, 2013, Gold: 100m freestyle Silver: 4x100m medley relay, 9th 50m freestyle, 4th 4x100m freestyle relay
FINA World Championships Total: G: 3 S: 2

Commonwealth Games    
  • Delhi, India, 2010, Gold: 4x100m free
  • Glasgow, Scotland 2014, Gold: 100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle Silver: 4x100m medley relay Bronze: 50m freestyle
Commonwealth Games Total: G: 3 S: 1 B: 1

Pan Pacific 
  • Irvine, USA, 2010, Silver: 4x100m free, 10th 100m free, 22nd 50m free
  • Gold Coast, Australia, 2014, Gold: 4x100m freestyle Bronze: 100m freestyle
Pan Pacific Championship Total: G: 1 B: 1

World Short Course   
  • Dubai, UAE, 2010, 5th 4x100m free

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