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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10km Open Water Men
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Wollongong, NSW, Australia
- 2012 London - 18th (1500m Freestyle)
- 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)
- 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.
- Sunshine Coast Grammar School (QLD, Australia)
- Illawarra Grammar School (NSW, Australia)
James Greathead (2014 - current)
West Illawarra Aquatic Swim Club, Wollongong, NSW
Primary Training Base
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.