Michelle Coleman (born 31 October 1993) is a Swedish competitive swimmer specialized in the sprint freestyle and backstroke events.[1] She is the current Swedish national record holder in the 50 meter backstroke (short course), the 100 meter backstroke (short course), and the 200 meter backstroke (long course and short course). She finished 7th in the 200 meter freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and led off the Swedish silver medal winning 4 × 100 m medley relay team at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.

Michelle Coleman
Kazan 2015 - 100m freestyle semi Michelle Coleman.JPG
Medal record
Women's Swimming
Representing  Sweden
World Championships (LC)
Silver medal – second place 2015 Kazan 4×100 m medley
European Championships (LC)
Gold medal – first place 2014 Berlin 4×100 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2012 Debrecen 4×100 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2014 Berlin 4x200 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2014 Berlin 4x100 m medley
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Berlin 100 m freestyle
European Championships (SC)
Gold medal – first place 2017 Copenhagen 4×50 m medley
Silver medal – second place 2013 Herning 4×50 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2017 Copenhagen 4×50 m freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Herning 50 m backstroke
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Herning 4×50 m medley

CareerEdit

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed for the national team in the Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay, but they were disqualified in the final.

At the 2013 European Short Course Swimming Championships won the bronze medal for the first time on 14 December.

Coleman raced at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and reached the finals for 200 m freestyle, finishing 7th.[2]

In November 2016 it was announced that Michelle Coleman and fellow Swedish swimmer Jennie Johansson were barred from competing in international events representing Sweden, for disciplinary reasons.[3][4] The ban was lifted after 2016 and she was able to start racing again in 2017.

In March 2017 Michelle Coleman went to Australia to compete in the 2017 New South Wales Open Championships. She won the 200 m freestyle event with a time of 1:55.98.[5] In April 2017 Coleman competed in the Stockholm Swim Open and won the 200 m freestyle event with a time of 1:58.02.[6] She also won the 100 m backstroke event with a time of 1:00.28 ahead of Katinka Hosszú.[7] In the 200 m freestyle even, she won the first place with a time of 1:55.64, which was a world-leading time in 2016-17 season.[8]

Personal bestsEdit

(Last updated on 5 July 2019)

Long course (50 m)Edit

 
Coleman in Kazan 2015
Event Time


Date Meet Location Ref
50 m freestyle 24.79 14 Apr 2019 Malmsten Swim Open Stockholm, Sweden [9]
100 m freestyle 53.21 rh 23 Jul 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary
200 m freestyle 1:55.64 8 Apr 2017 Swim Open Stockholm Stockholm, Sweden [10]
400 m freestyle 4.07.61 24 Jun 2016 53rd Trofeo Sette Colli Rome, Italy
50 m backstroke 28.74 28 Jun 2012 Swedish Championships Norrköping, Sweden
100 m backstroke 1:00.28 9 Apr 2017 Swim Open Stockholm Stockholm, Sweden
200 m backstroke 2:10.56   10 Apr 2014 Swim Cup (in Dutch) Eindhoven, Netherlands
Legend: WRWorld record; EREuropean record; NRSwedish record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

Short course (25 m)Edit

Event Time


Date Meet Location Ref
50 m freestyle 23.99 r 14 Nov 2018 Swedish SC Championships Stockholm, Sweden [11]
100 m freestyle 51.92 5 Dec 2014 World SC Championships Doha, Qatar
200 m freestyle 1.53.51 23 Nov 2013 Swedish SC Championships Göteborg, Sweden
50 m backstroke 26.67 14 Dec 2013 European SC Championships Herning, Denmark
100 m backstroke 56.57   7 Dec 2014 Swedish SC Championships Stockholm, Sweden [12]
200 m backstroke 2:03.26   22 Nov 2014 Swedish SC Championships Stockholm, Sweden
200 m individual medley 2:13.85 20 Nov 2013 Swedish SC Championships Göteborg, Sweden

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Michelle Coleman". London 2012. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Rio 2016 200m freestyle women - Olympic Swimming". International Olympic Committee. 2016-11-29. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  3. ^ "Coleman, Johansson Blocked From Competing With Swedish National Team". SwimSwam. 2016-11-03. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  4. ^ "Jennie Johansson & Michelle Coleman Barred From The Swedish Swim Squad". SwimVortex. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  5. ^ "nMichelle Coleman Posts 1:55 200 Free on Final Day of NSW Open". Swimming World News. 2017-03-05. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  6. ^ "IC Control LiveTiming - Swim Open Stockholm 2017". www.livetiming.se. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  7. ^ "Sjöström Shines, Two Swedish Nat'l Records Fall in Stockholm". SwimSwam. 2017-04-09. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  8. ^ "Coleman Retakes World Lead With 1:55.64 In 200 Free At Stockholm Open". SwimSwam. 2017-04-08. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  9. ^ "Malmsten Swim Open Stockholm 2019, Event 26, 50m Freestyle Women - A Final". livetiming.se. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Swim Open Stockholm 2017, 200m Freestyle Women - Final". IC Control. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  11. ^ "SM/JSM (25m) 2018, Event 12, 4x50m Frisim Damer Sr - Direktfinal". livetiming.se. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  12. ^ "SM/JSM (25m) 2018, Gren 29, 100m Ryggsim Damer - A Final". livetiming.se. Retrieved 5 July 2019.