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Joanne Amy Jackson (born 12 September 1986) is an English freestyle swimmer. She is the sister of retired Olympic swimmer Nicola Jackson. She was born in Northallerton and went to Richmond School, North Yorkshire.

Joanne Jackson
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Jackson at 2009 World Championships
Personal information
Full nameJoanne Amy Jackson
National team Great Britain
Born (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 32)
Northallerton, England
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb; 12.0 st)
ClubDerwentside SC
College teamLoughborough University


Swimming careerEdit


She swam in the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 400 m freestyle and 4×200 m freestyle relay. She became the British and European 400 m freestyle champion. She was partly funded by Richmondshire District Council, swimming for Derwentside ASC in Consett, and has swum for Richmond Dales ASC and Durham Aquatics. She first competed in the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona in 2003.


In the 2006 Commonwealth Games she won a silver medal in the 400 m freestyle event.


On 11 August 2008 she won an Olympic bronze medal in 400 m freestyle.[1]


On 16 March 2009 she set a new world record in the 400 m freestyle (long course) in a time of 4:00.66, beating her British rival and reigning Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington in the process, who also broke the current world record with a time of 4:00.89.[2]

On 26 July, she claimed silver in the 400 metre freestyle at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, finishing behind Pellegrini but ahead of Adlington.[3] She then went on to claim a bronze medal in the 4×200 m freestyle relay and a silver medal in the 800 m freestyle – the most medals that any British swimmer has ever won in a single world championships.


At the London 2012 Olympics, Jackson finished seventh in her 400 m freestyle heat in a time of 4:11.50[4] and was also part of the British team that finished in fifth place in the 4×200 m freestyle relay.[5]

Retirement from swimmingEdit

After retiring from competitive swimming in 2012, Jackson went on to establish the Joanne Jackson Swim Academy with former Olympic swimmer Grant Turner. The academy offers all ages and abilities the opportunity to develop their swim skills under the guidance of two Olympic swimmers.

Personal bests and records heldEdit

Event Long course Short course
200 m freestyle 1:55.54 (2008) NR 1:56.72 (2005) 1.52.8 relay leg at UK GP 2009
400 m freestyle 4:00.60 (2009) NR 3:54.92 (2009) WR
800 m freestyle 8:16.66 (2009) 8:15.50 (2007)
Record Key NR:British

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Adlington snatches swimming gold". BBC Sport. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Jackson claims new world record". BBC Sport. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Jackson and Adlington win medals". BBC News. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Women's 400m Freestyle Results". Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Results". Retrieved 11 August 2012.

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