Date of birth26 November 1995
ClubUniversity of Bath
Discipline200m & 400m Freestyle, 4x200m Freestyle, 100m & 200m Butterfly
James has represented Great Britain in Olympic Games, World Championships, European Championships and the Commonwealth Games. He has medalled at every major benchmark swimming event since he made his senior international debut at the 2013 World Championships.
After winning two relay medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, James rose to international prominence and showed his true talent at the 2015 World Championships when, aged just 19, he became the first ever British male to win a freestyle world title when he struck gold in the 200m, setting a new British record in the process.
In 2016, James won double silver in Rio at his first Olympic Games in the 4x200m freestyle relay and the 4x100m medley relay, where he showed his versatility by swimming the Butterfly leg. He also reached the final in the 200m and 400m freestyle individual events.
2018 saw James take home five medals at the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast. He won silver in the 100m butterfly, 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay and 4 x 100m Medley Relay. He also won a bronze medal in the 400m Freestyle. Later that year at the World Championships, James again excelled, picking up four medals, three of which were gold relay medals, as well as an individual bronze in the 100m butterfly.
James struck gold again in the GB men's 4 x100m medley relay at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships, with a European record time of three minutes, 28.10 seconds. The win also marked Britain's first gold medal in the event at the World Championships. A the same meet, James also won a bronze as part of the GB team in the 4 x100 m mixed medley relay.
James is based at the University of Bath, enjoying a world-class training environment aided by coach David McNulty. His family, parents Cath and Andy, along with younger brother Luke, who is a swimming coach, form an integral part of his support network and with a grandfather who was a champion boxer, James has never been short of focus and determination.