Olympic Silver Medalist Jazz Carlin Announces Retirement

Photo Courtesy: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Two-time Olympic silver medalist from Great Britain Jazz Carlin announced her retirement from the sport of swimming via social media on Wednesday. Carlin won silver medals in the 400 and 800 free at the 2016 Rio Olympics behind American great Katie Ledecky.

Carlin wrote on social media:

“It has been really hard to put this all into words…but this is a start!

Swimming has changed my life through the good times and the bad, but I wouldn’t change any of it for a second.

I feel so lucky to have been able to compete in the sport I love for so many years, for the incredible memories I have made, the places I’ve been and the amazing friends I’ve made along the way.

Sport has taught me so many things and it has given me the confidence to believe in myself. 

I couldn’t have done it without all my family, friends, coaches, support staff, volunteers and the support of British Swimming, Swim Wales, Speedo, UK Sport and Tigersharks Swimming Club. There are so many wonderful people who have helped me in my career. Thank you.

I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter, exploring new opportunities and to be working alongside Swim Wales and Speedo UK with the next generation of exciting swimmers coming through.

Thanks to everyone who made it so special.”


Carlin (left) with 800 free medalists Katie Ledecky and Boglarka Kapas; Photo Courtesy: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Jazz Carlin won two gold medals at the 2014 European Championships in the 400 and 800 freestyle and also won silver medals in both events two years later at the 2016 Europeans.

Carlin also has two World Championship bronze medals as she was on Great Britain’s 4×200 freestyle relay in 2009 and won the bronze in the 800 free in 2015.

Carlin’s 400 free best time (4:01.23) from the 2016 Olympics ranks her third all-time in Great Britain behind Joanne Jackson and Hall of Famer Rebecca Adlington. Her 800 best time (8:15.54) from the 2014 Europeans ranks her second all-time in Britain behind Adlington.

She holds the British record in the 1500 free at 15:47.26 from the 2013 British Swimming Championships and she is the only Brit to break 16 minutes in the event. Carlin was also a part of the British record in the 4×200 free relay that the quartet of Jackson, Carlin, Caitlin McClatchey and Adlington set at the 2009 Worlds (7:45.51) in getting the bronze medal. The time also stands as the European Record.

Carlin was also the first Welsh female swimmer to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal since Pat Beavon in 1974 when Carlin won the 800 free.

Carlin competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where she placed sixth in the 800 free and swam on Wales’ 4×200 free relay team that finished fifth.

1 comment

  1. Rob Duguay

    Would have liked to see her in the 1500 in 2020