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Caitlin McClatchey (born 28 November 1985) is a British former swimmer. Representing Scotland, she won two gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, in the 200 metres freestyle and 400 metres freestyle. Representing Great Britain, she won bronze medals in the 400 m freestyle at the 2005 World Championships and 2006 European Championships. She has also competed at three Olympic Games and reached the Olympic 200 m freestyle final in 2008 and 2012. She is a former British record holder in the 100 m, 200 m and 400 m Freestyle.

Caitlin McClatchey
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Personal information
Full nameCaitlin McClatchey
Born (1985-11-28) 28 November 1985 (age 33)
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight54 kg (119 lb; 8.5 st)
ClubUniversity of Edinburgh

She graduated with a politics degree from Loughborough University in 2011.


Personal lifeEdit

McClatchey was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England and raised in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, making her eligible for the England team. However, she chose to follow in the footsteps of her parents, John and Louise, who swam for the Scottish team at the 1970 and 1974 Commonwealth Games respectively. Her uncle Alan McClatchey was an Olympic bronze medallist in 1976. She competed in cross country running before opting to concentrate on swimming.[2] She is a member of the University of Edinburgh swimming club, having previously been a member of Northampton swimming club.

McClatchey has been in a relationship with fellow swimmer Liam Tancock since 2006.[3][2][4] She started studying for a master's degree in Performance Psychology at the University of Edinburgh in January 2013.[4]


McClatchey competed at her first Olympics in Athens 2004, finishing fifth as part of the British team in the 4×200 m freestyle relay. In 2005, she won a bronze medal in the 400 m freestyle in the 2005 World Championships.

Competing in the 2006 Commonwealth games, McClatchey made national headlines by winning two gold medals.[5] McClatchey won her first Commonwealth gold in the 200 m freestyle, defeating Australian favourite Libby Lenton. In the 400 m freestyle she narrowly shaded a 3-way sprint for the line, winning in a time of 4:07.69. Also in 2006, she won a European Championship bronze medal in the 400 m freestyle.

McClatchey competed in the 2007 World Championships, but did not win a medal, placing 7th in the final of the 200 m freestyle and failing to reach the final in the 400 m freestyle. She swam in the British team that came 5th in the 4×200 m freestyle final, setting a new British record. McClatchey was disappointed in her results and said that she needed to revise her training schedule to build up muscle.

Selected for the 2008 Olympic Games she finished sixth in the 200m freestyle being the only Briton to reach the final. She was also selected for the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay team that was widely tipped for a chance of winning a medal, but a gamble to rest top swimmers; including McClatchey in the heats backfired and the team failed to qualify.[6] This was particularly disappointing as McClatchey had already pulled out of the 100m freestyle individual event to concentrate on this. In 2009, she was a member of the British teams that set the UK records in the 4 × 100 metres and 4 × 200 m freestyle relays. As of 2014, both records still stand. She is also a former UK record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 m freestyle.

McClatchey competed for Scotland in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, reaching the semi-finals of the 100-metre freestyle, finishing fifth in the 4 × 200-metre freestyle relay, fifth in the 4 × 100-metre freestyle relay, and fifth in the 4 × 100-metre medley relay.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, McClatchey reached the 200 m freestyle final, finishing seventh. She was also a member of the British teams that finished fifth in both the 4 × 100 m freestyle and 4 × 200 m freestyle relays.

In late 2012 McClatchey moved from Loughborough University, where she had been based for the previous eight years, to Edinburgh, after her coach Ian Armiger became head coach for the Cayman Islands. In Edinburgh she was coached by the head of performance swimming at the University of Edinburgh, Chris Jones.[4]

McClatchey announced her retirement from competitive swimming in June 2015.[7]


McClatchey was inducted into the Scottish Swimming Hall of Fame in 2018.[8][9]

See alsoEdit


  • "Caitlin's left behind in record race". Evening Times Online. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  • "Swimming: Record is consolation for Caitlin". Northampton Chronicle and Echo. 30 March 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-10-28. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  • "McClatchey out to add more muscle". 28 March 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  1. ^ "Swimming Schedule and Results". Archived from the original on 11 August 2007. Retrieved 22 August 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Caitlin McClatchey". Glasgow 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  3. ^ Inverdale, John (27 February 2008). "Caitlin McClatchey's sacrifices for Olympics". Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Swarbrick, Susan (6 April 2013). "Swimming: Games girl". Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  5. ^ Lonsbrough, Anita (21 March 2006). "Commonwealth Games: Determined McClatchey is the flower of Scotland". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  6. ^ Lonsbrough, Anita (13 August 2008). "GB relay medal chance lost as gamble on women's 200m relay fails". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  7. ^ "Caitlin McClatchey announces retirement from swimming". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  8. ^ Race, Loretta (1 October 2018). "Duncan Scott & Steven Tigg Earn Top Scottish Swimming Honors". SwimSwam. Archived from the original on 13 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Scottish Swimming celebrate a year of success". Scottish Swimming. 1 October 2018. Archived from the original on 13 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.

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