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Swimming: Olympic medallist Jo Jackson announces retirement

November 27, 2012
Joanne Jackson

British swimmer, Joanne Jackson, today announced her retirement from competitive swimming.

Joanne Jackson

The Loughborough ITC swimmer made her Olympic debut in Athens as a 17-year-old before making her international breakthrough in 2006 winning silver medals at both the European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Jackson then went on to win a bronze medal for the 400m Fresstyle at the Beijing Olympics 2008, and broke the World Record en route to qualifying for the 2009 World Championships, where she won a silver medal. She also picked up the silver in the 800m and the bronze in the 4 x 200m Relay.

She remains the British Record holder in the 200m and 400m Freestyle.

Michael Scott, British Swimming National Performance Director, praised the swimmer:

“To be a three-time Olympian, an Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth medallist, and to have set a World Record over 400m Freestyle in 2009 are all outstanding achievements.

“On behalf of all at British Swimming, I would like to wish Jo all the best in her new endeavours.”

Jackson will still be involved in swimming though and has plans to open a brand new Swim Academy.

Bianca Fermi, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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