Jody Swallow

21 January 2014

Sport/Event > Triathlon

Place and Date of Birth >
1981, Great Britain

Height > 172 cm

Weight > 61 kg

Biography >
Jodie began competitive swimming when she was eight years old and won her first national age-group medal at the age of 12. After this, many national junior titles followed in a variety of strokes and she won the senior nationals 400 IM title in 1996. At the same time, Jodie began cross country running and went on to win the National Schools Cross-Country three times, national schools 3000m track twice, and many other national and international titles.

After contracting glandular fever in 1998, Swallow thought the set-back may end her sporting career. She decided that, in order to excel, she had to concentrate on just one sport and chose swimming, but missed running desperately. Triathlon was suggested by a friend and seemed to be the answer to her problem.

Despite initial problems getting used to the cycle discipline, she made remarkable progress at the event winning four out of her first five races and has now reached a level where she is a regular on the ITU World Cup series. On the 3rd August 2003, she won the Michelob ULTRA London Triathlon for the second time.

In October 2003, Swallow took second place, behind Michellie Jones, at the Athens world cup event that was to test the course for the following years Olympic Games.

A rash of injuries during the early part of the year looked likely to make her miss the 2004 Summer Olympics and she was given a deadline by her athletics federation to prove her fitness. At a televised race in Salford, Manchester she had a good swim and looked fit again but on the cycle section of the event a BBC camera-motorbike clipped a traffic cone which flew up and caused Swallow to crash out.

As she had not been able to complete the course there were still doubts over her form. Nevertheless, the British Triathlon Association decided that Swallow would be among the three triathletes representing the nation at the 2004 Summer Olympics rather than the alternate, Andrea Whitcombe.

Swallow competed at a race in Tiszaújváros, Hungary where she placed 15th place.

At the Athens Olympics, Swallow placed thirty-fourth in a race which took place in sweltering 30 degree heat. Her time was 2:15:06.78.

Competitive Record >
Swimming
1996 Gold Schools International Winner 200.I.M. (new record) included in Great Britain Junior squad 200.I.M. and 400.I.M
2000 7th World Cup 400.I.M

Cross-Country
1994 Gold English Schools and Home International Champion
1996 Gold English Schools and Home International Champion
1997 Gold English Schools and Home International Champion
2001 Silver BUSA Long Distance X-Country, Manchester

Athletics
2001 Gold BUSA Track and Field Championships

Triathlon
2000 Gold European Junior Championships, Holland
2000 Gold World University Championships, Hungary
2000 Gold National Junior Championships, Salford
2000 Gold National Senior Championships, Brighton
2001 Gold National Junior Championships, Market Bosworth
2001 Gold Euopean Junior Championships, Carlsbad
2001 Bronze World Junior Championships, Edmonton
2001 Gold National Senior Championships, Salford
2001 Gold London Triathlon Elite Championships
2003 9th ITU Points Race Swansea
Silver ITU Points Race Holten
Gold ITU Points Race Echternach
5th World Cup Salford
7th World Cup New York
7th World Cup Nice
5th World Cup Madrid
5th World Cup Madeira
Silver World Cup Athens

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