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Matthew Richards
Personal information
Nationality British
Born 17 December 2002 (2002-12-17) (age 18)
Worcester, England
Sport
Sport Swimming

Matthew Richards (born 17 December 2002) is a British swimmer. He swam the third leg of the gold-medal winning Great Britain 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay at the 2020 Summer Olympics, the first British team to win the event since 1908. Previously, he had won two silver medals in team freestyle relays at the European Championships.

Early life

Matt Richards was born in Worcester to Amanda and Simon Richards. He started swimming when he was five years old at Droitwich Leisure Centre, and joined the Droitwich Dolphins Swimming Club when he was eight, later moving to Worcester Swimming Club aged ten. He played other sports such as rugby and tae kwon do but gave them up to concentrate on swimming. He was a student at Bishop Perowne Church of England College.

Career

Although born in England, Richards represented Wales as his father was born there. He broke the Welsh records in 100 and 200 metre freestyle. He became the junior champion in 100 m freestyle at the 2019 European Junior Swimming Championships held in Kazan.

He competed in the men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 2020 European Aquatics Championships, in Budapest, Hungary, and won two silver as part of the team in the men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle and 4 × 200 metre freestyle relays. He was also part of the team that won gold in 4×100 m mixed freestyle, although he swam in the heats and did not swim in the finals.

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he swam the third leg in the men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay, and put in a performance that helped the team win gold together with James Guy, Duncan Scott, and Tom Dean in a time of six minutes 58.58 seconds.

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