Our Commonwealth Games Champions - Leisel Jones

Lethal Leisel

Leisel Jones is Australia’s most successful female swimmer and is the only Australian swimmer (male or female), to have competed at four Olympic Games. A total of twenty-one gold, fifteen silvers and six bronze medals from major championships belong to Jones. Along with a string of world records – twice breaking the 100m and 200m breaststroke World Records.

Her Commonwealth Games rap sheet alone, sees her with ten gold and one silver.

Manchester in 2002 ended with three gold across the 100m, 200m breaststroke and the 4x100 medley relay.
After she set a PB in the 50m Breaststroke and two World Records in the 100 and 200m Breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games trials, Jones was on track for the main event.

The 2006 games saw her with a dominating clean sweep of the breaststroke events. While in the 100m event, Jones claimed not only the gold medal, but smashed her own World Record too. Together with Sophie Edington, Jessicah Schipper and Libby Lenton (Trickett), Jones wrapped the event with another World Record and gold medal as a part of the 4x100m medley relay. She closed the games by carrying the flag for Australia at the Closing Ceremony.

Come Delhi in 2010, Jones’ winning streak continued when she claimed gold in the 100m & 200m breaststroke along with the 4x100 medley relay. In the 50m breaststroke, she headed home with the silver medal.

In 2015 Leisel was inducted in The Sport Australia Hall of Fame and in 2017 joined Ian Thorpe, as a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale. 

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