Loughborough-based James Wilby will be chasing a maiden podium place on the Short Course stage when he arrives in Glasgow for the European Championships.
Having begun competitive swimming at the age of nine at York City Baths Club, the 26-year-old burst on to the international scene at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he competed in all three breaststroke events.
Having made the finals of both the 100m and 200m, Wilby also swam in the preliminary rounds for the 4x100m medley relay team which went on to win gold – handing him his first international medal.
Illness hampered Wilby’s 2015 and 2016 seasons, but a silver and a bronze in the 200m and 100m breaststroke events at the British Championships secured his place on the 2017 Worlds team, where he went on to finish 18th in the 200m.
At his second Commonwealth Games in 2018, he firmly established himself as one of the world’s leading breaststroke stars with his first solo gold in the 200m, while also notching silver and bronze in the 100m and 50m events respectfully.
Later that year at the European Long Course Championships in Glasgow, Wilby claimed two silvers in the 100m and 200m breaststroke while he won gold as part of the 4x100m medley relay team.
Since his success on the Gold Coast and Glasgow, Wilby has continued progressing, winning his first World Championship medal with silver behind Adam Peaty in the 100m Breaststroke in a stunning 58.46 seconds putting him as the joint third quickest person in history.
Silver became gold for the part he played in GB’s 4x100m men’s medley relay triumph, while he also won bronze as part of the 4x100m mixed medley relay team.
While he has previously admitted he generally prefers the longer format, Wilby is sure to be fired up for his chance to claim a maiden international Short Course medal this winter.
With Tokyo 2020 now firmly on the horizon, success in Scotland would be the perfect way to aid his bid for glory at what would be his first Olympic Games.
Follow James on social
Twitter – @jameswilby
Instagram – @jameswilby
Short Course Personal Bests
50m Breaststroke – 26.61
100m Breaststroke – 57.61
200m Breaststroke – 2:06.45
Fun Fact – Wilby is a keen photographer, filmmaker and computer coder in his spare time.