Joanne Jackson Is Star British Swimmer

March 18, 2009

Meet Joanne Jackson, or Jo Jackson as she is commonly known as, a British swimmer and Olympic medalist who now holds the world record for women’s 400-meter freestyle event. See a video and a biography of Joanne Jackson here.

Jackson touched the line in just 4 minutes and 0.66 seconds to break Federica Pellegrini’s previous record by almost one second. She is currently participating in the British Championships.

“To get a world record has just blown me away and for Becky to go under the world record as well, I’m so happy,” Jackson said. “I knew it was going to be so tough coming here because Becky is swimming amazing. She really pushed me there, I wanted it so much.

Second-placed two-time Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington also bettered the former record time.

National head coach Dennis Pursley was obviously very happy:

Pursley said the race at Ponds Forge on Monday in which both beat the world record “increases the belief” among other team members. “It didn’t surprise me that they can swim that fast but I didn’t expect to see it this early after Beijing.”

As a biography, Joanne Jackson was born on 9th September, 1986 in Northallerton, Britain so her age is 22. She started swimming at a very early age and was selected for the national junior team in 2001.

Jackson turned professional in 2003 and participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics but, with little success. She then resurged in 2006 and won two silver medals in the Commonwealth Games, breaking two British records. Jackson still rues her performance in the 2004 Olympics.

Her favourite sportsperson is Lance Armstrong and she thinks French swimmer Laure Manaudou is her toughest competitor.

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