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Spofforth calls it a day

British swimmer Gemma Spofforth has announced her retirement, saying she "cannot top" the experiences she has had in her career.

The 24-y...

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Halsall misses out on medal

Fran Halsall was fifth in the 50 metres freestyle as Ranomi Kromowidjojo claimed the swimming sprint double on the final night of competition at...

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Spofforth, Tancock and Renwick miss out

While there were no British medals in the Olympic swimming pool there were fifth-place finishes for Gemma Spofforth and Liam Tancock and a sixth...

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Bronze for brave Adlington

Rebecca Adlington claimed Great Britain's first London 2012 medal in the pool when she produced a performance full of her customary guts and det...

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Spofforth through as Davies progresses

World record holder Gemma Spofforth and Georgia Davies both safely negotiated the heats of the 100 metres backstroke as the second day of Olympi...

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Medal Record

London 2012
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Beijing 2008
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze

Biography

Gemma Spofforth took up swimming at a local pool in Bognor Regis and might have not been in London at all had she decided against accepting a scholarship at the University of Florida, aged 18. In 2008, she finished fourth by 0.04seconds in the 100m backstroke final on her Olympic debut in Beijing. In 2009 Spofforth won world gold in a world record time of 58.12seconds.In 2011 she contemplated quitting after failing to make a final at the worlds that year. And had Spofforth not won the 100m backstroke at the Olympics trials to book herself a swim at London 2012 she would have retired there and then. Spofforth is trained in crisis intervention and suicidology and gave up chocolate in the build-up to the Olympics.