Claire Cashmore with her individual silver medal at Rio 2016

Claire Cashmore

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Kidderminster

  • Date of Birth

    20/05/1988

  • Classification

    S8 (swimming) PTS5 (triathlon)

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Claire made her debut for ParalympicsGB as a 16-year-old competing at Athens 2004. Since then she has won medals at every level in Para swimming, including six Paralympic medals across three Games. After Rio 2016, she made a successful transition to triathlon.

After winning her first international medal in the 100m breaststroke SB8 at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships in Durban, Claire became a world leader in the event and a regular fixture on the international podium, winning individual medals at every major championship she has been to.

Under the spotlight at London 2012, Claire produced a successful Paralympic campaign. After qualifying fastest for the final of the 100m breaststroke SB8, the world silver medallist was just 0.02 seconds shy of her British record as she clocked a season’s best of 1:20.39 to touch second behind Russia’s defending champion Olesya Vladykina, who broke the world record in a time of 1:17.17.

She also played a key role in both of the women’s relays, bringing home bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay 34pts and silver in a thrilling 4x100m medley relay 34pts, where the British quartet came in just 0.03 seconds behind their Australian rivals to take second place on the podium.

In 2014, she claimed her first individual gold medal on the international stage, marking her third IPC Swimming European Championships with gold in the 100m breaststroke SB8.

At Rio 2016 Claire took silver in the 100m breaststroke SB8 and also claimed a gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay (34pts).

After competing at Rio Claire transitioned from the pool to take up Paratriathlon making her international debut at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam in 2017. Despite crashing on her bike she still managed to achieve a sixth-placed finish.

And just one year later in 2018, Claire emerged as one of the leading PTS5 contenders after finishing second behind international teammate Lauren Steadman at the 2018 ITU World Championships on the Gold Coast.

However 12 months later Claire went one better to become the 2019 ITU World Champion after beating Steadman to the title at Lausanne.

A member of the BPA’s Athletes’ Commission, Claire has always been interested in sport, first taking to running and swimming from a very young age.

Out of the pool, Claire graduated from Leeds University in 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Linguistics and Phonetics.

Major Results

Triathlon

2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne

  • PTS5: gold

2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast

  • PTS5: silver

2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam

  • PTS5: 6th

Para swimming

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

  • 100m breaststroke SB8: silver
  • 100m butterfly S9: 5th
  • 200m individual medley SM9: 8th
  • 4x100m individual medley (34pts): gold

London 2012 Paralympic Games

  • 100m breaststroke SB8: silver
  • 100m butterfly S9: 8th
  • 100m freestyle S9: 5th (heat 1)
  • 200m individual medley SM9: 4th
  • 4x100m freestyle relay (34pts): bronze
  • 4x100m medley relay (34pts): silver

Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

  • 100m backstroke S9: 6th
  • 100m breaststroke SB8: bronze
  • 100m butterfly S9: 8th
  • 200m individual medley SM9: 4th

Athens 2004 Paralympic Games

  • 100m backstroke S9: bronze
  • 100m butterfly S9: 8th
  • 100m freestyle S9: 6th (heat 2)
  • 50m freestyle S9: 5th
  • 200m individual medley SM9: bronze
  • 4x100m freestyle relay (34pts): 6th

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