Jesse Aungles showed the world what he is made of at his first international competition, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he propelled himself to stardom by winning silver in the 200m individual medley.

Following this breakthrough performance, Jesse began 2015 with a splash when he broke the world record for the 200m backstroke to win gold at the Berlin Open.

Born with his right leg 10 per cent shorter than the other and his left leg missing the fibula bone and ankle, Jesse had his left foot amputated and his hip reconstructed as a one-year-old.

After attending a Come and Try Day hosted by Swimming South Australia in 2003, Jesse began competing in swimming, culminating in him being named the top-ranked short course swimmer in the world in the 50m backstroke in 2011.

In 2012 he broke 16 national age records and two open records, and two years later …

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Date of birth
8 June 1995
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Bilateral below-knee limb loss
How acquired
Amputation as a result of a congenital limb deficiency
Canberra, ACT
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning silver in the 200m individual medley at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Greatest sporting moments

The Australian women’s 4x100m medley relay team winning gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m butterfly Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m backstroke Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 400m freestyle Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 200m individual medley Classification: SM8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m Medley Relay Classification: S8

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