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Olympic Information

    Debut

Recent Performances

  • 2nd (100m freestyle) - 2012 National Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 4th (50m freestyle) - 2012 National Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 1st (4x100m freestyle)* heat swim - 2011 World Championships (Shanghai, China)
  • 2nd (4x100m medley)*heat swim - 2011 World Championships (Shanghai, China)
  • 10th (100m freestyle) - 2011 World Championships (Shanghai, China)
  • 2nd (100m freestyle) - 2011 National Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 7th (50m freestyle) - 2011 National Championships (Sydney, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Personal Best time of 22.05 in the 50m freestyle at the AIS International Meet in Canberra, 2009

Interesting Facts

  • Explosive sprinter James 'The Rocket' Roberts finished second in the 100m freestyle to James Magnussen at the 2012 National Trials. Nabbing an individual Olympic berth, Roberts' time of 47.63s was the second-fastest time of 2012 and the same time 'The Missile' clocked to win gold at the 2011 World Championships.
  • Roberts and Magnussen, who share the same birthday, burst onto the scene when they finished second and first respectively in the 100m freestyle at the 2011 National Championships. The little-known duo made their World Championships debuts together with Roberts a heat swimmer in both the 4x100m freestyle relay that won gold and 4x100m medley relay that won silver. He also placed a respectable 10th in the individual 100m freestyle.
  • Roberts picked up his first international gold medal in 2011 when he won the 100m freestyle at the Mare Nostrum Swim Series in Canet, France. Competing at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, Roberts collected three silver medals in the 50m, 100m and 4x100m freestyle.
  • Growing up in the Gold Coast, Roberts was an accomplished surf lifesaver competing at state and Australian titles.
  • St George and Australian NRL winger Ron Roberts was James' grandfather. Ron played 51 matches for St George, scored 51 tries and was the competition's leading try scorer in 1949 and 1950. Playing for Australia in 1950 Ron scored the only try of the match against Great Britain to win the Ashes for the first time in thirty years.

Sport

Years on national team

1

Coach

John Fowlie (2010 - current)
Graeme McDonald (2007 - 2010)

Primary Training Base

Canberra, Australia

Secondary Training Base

Gold Coast, Australia

Club

Somerset Swimming Academy, Gold Coast, Australia (2006 - )

Institute/Academy

Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra

Education

Primary

St Andrews Lutheran College (QLD, Australia)

Secondary

St Andrews Lutheran College (QLD, Australia)

Tertiary

Bachelor of Business - Bond University, QLD (2009 - 2010)


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