Jarrod Poort

Jarrod Poort

Swimming Schedule & Results

(Local) / 09:00 AM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's 10km

1:53:40.7 (21st)

Ferry Weertman (NED)
Spiros Gianniotis (GRE)
Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA)

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Athlete Biography

London Olympian Jarrod Poort will take to the Rio waters at Copacabana in the 10km marathon swim, after making the switch from the pool to the open water.

Four years ago the Wollongong athlete beat out 2016 Rio Team member Mack Horton for a spot in the 1500m at the London Games, where he finished 15th. Since then he has made the switch from former coach, and current head open water swimming coach, Ron McKeon, to James Greathead, where he trains as the only senior in a training squad.

To secure his spot on the 2016 Team, Poort finished seventh at the final Olympic qualifier in Setabul, Portugal less than seven seconds behind winner Lijun Zu, from China and just three seconds ahead of fellow Australian Simon Huitenga in ninth.

A big sporting fan, Poort counts his favourite Olympic memory as walking around his high school in 2008 sneakily listening to the radio coverage of the Beijing Games all day on his phone.

Poort relishes the combination of physical and mental challenges, both in training and competing.

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 18th (1500m Freestyle)

Recent Performances

  • 7th – 2016 Olympic qualifier (Setabul, Portugal)
  • 1st – 2016 Australian Championships (Mooloolaba, Queensland)
  • 1st – 2014 World Cup (Setabul, Portugal)
  • 2nd – 2014 Pan Pacific Championships (Hawaii, USA)
  • 5th – 2015 World Cup (Hong Kong, China)

Career Highlights

  • Winning the 1500m at the Olympic Trials in March 2012 with an 11 second PB and then being selected for the Olympic Team at the age of 17.
  • Winning Portugal World Cup Leg of the 2014 Circuit in the 10km.
  • Placing 2nd at the Pan Pacific Championships in 2014 in the 10km race.


  • Primary
    Sunshine Coast Grammar School (QLD, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Illawarra Grammar School (NSW, Australia)


  • Coach
    James Greathead (2014 - current)
  • Club
    West Illawarra Aquatic Swim Club, Wollongong, NSW
  • Institute/Academy
  • Primary Training Base
    Wollongong, Australia
  • Secondary Training Base


Favourite food
Favourite holiday destination
Favourite music
Gorillaz, Tame impala
Dream car
1977 Porsche 930 3.0 Turbo, Black.
Personal Motto
Chase, Challenge, Lead.
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
Olympic Rings, right bicep
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Cycling or Rowing
First Olympic Memory?
Walking Around School in 2008 listening sneakily listening to the Olympics all day on the radio on my phone...
Most Influential person in your career/life
Mum + Dad and also Previous Coach Ron Mckeon
Why this sport?
The combination of mental, tactical and physical challenges, both in training and competing for open-water swimming, it ain't easy.