Young Gloucestershire swimmer qualifies for the Paris Olympic Games

At just 21-years-old, Alex Cohoon from Fairford is Great Britain's 12th best 100-metre freestyle swimmer of all time. And after competing at the Speedo Aquatics GB Swimming Championships in April 2024, he's officially on his way to Paris for this year's Olympic Games.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
Alex Cohoon heads towards the Olympic Games in Paris this summer after success in London.

Team GB's swimming stars are officially chosen for this summer's Olympic Games — and one of them is Fairford's Alex Cohoon.

21-year-old Alex competed at the Speedo Aquatics GB Swimming Championships which took place across six days from Tuesday 2 April 2024 at the London Aquatics Centre, where heats decided who would be selected for the British swimming team for Paris 2024.

Although he didn't secure an individual place at the July games, Alex Successfully qualified alongside Tom Dean, Matthew Richards and Duncan Scott in the men's 4 x 100-metre freestyle relay.

Beaten by record-holder Matthew, who came in first place, Alex came in fourth with a personal best of 48.2 seconds — just outside of the 48.04 second nomination standard — and the combined times of the top four swimmers secured their spot in Team GB.

Currently still studying at Loughborough University, Alex said: 'Obviously, I am disappointed not to have got through for the men’s individual 50-metre freestyle. But I'm absolutely thrilled to have successfully qualified to represent my country at the Paris Olympics.'

His fellow Loughborough alumnus Adam Peaty also qualified for Paris, securing the title in the 100-metre breaststroke heats, meaning he'll be heading to France with Alex to attempt to add to his five Olympic medals this summer.

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