<h5>Olympics Day 4 - Swimming</h5>
<p>LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: James Roberts of Australia looks on after competing in the Men's 100m Freestyle heat 7 on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2012 in London, England.</p>
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James Roberts

James Roberts

Swimming Schedule & Results

(Local) / 11:52 PM 7 Aug (Rio)
Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final

3:11.37 (3rd)

United States of America (USA)
France (FRA)
Australia (AUS)

(Local) / 03:02 PM 7 Aug (Rio)
Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Heat 2

3:12.65 (2nd)

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Athlete Biography

After flying under the radar for the last four years, London Olympian James Roberts will compete at his second Games after being selected in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

Roberts finished third in 48.32 in the men’s 100m freestyle at the Australian Championships in Adelaide to secure his spot on the Team, with the top six swimmers all clocking under 49 seconds.

Since competing at the last Games, Roberts has had extensive surgery on both shoulders, the most recent in February 2015 which kept him out of the pool for nine months. A move to train under Olympic relay gold medallist Ashley Callus on the Gold Coast at his childhood club of Somerset has paid off.

He was a part of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay four years ago alongside James Magnussen, Matt Targett, and Eamon Sullivan which finished fourth after going in to the final as medal favourites.

Outside of the pool, Roberts has a degree in advertising from the University of Canberra.

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 4th (4x400m freestyle relay); 10th (100m freestyle)

Recent Performances

  • 3rd (100m freestyle) – 2016 Australian Swimming Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 6th (50m freestyle) – 2016 Australian Swimming Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 5th (100m freestyle) – 2016 NSW Open Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 1st (50m freestyle) – 2016 Queensland Sprint Championships (Brisbane, Australia)
  • 4th (100m freestyle) – 2015 Queensland Sprint Championships (Brisbane, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • 47.63 - 100m Freestyle at 2012 Australian Championships/Olympic Trials


  • Primary
    St Andrews Lutheran College (QLD, Australia)
  • Secondary
    St Andrews Lutheran College (QLD, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Communication in Advertising - University of Canberra


  • Coach
    Ashley Callus (2015 - Current)
  • Club
    Somerset, Gold Coast
  • Primary Training Base
    Gold Coast, Australia


Favourite food
Favourite holiday destination
Yamba, NSW
Favourite music
All types
Personal Motto
You only live once
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
A tub of nutella
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be