Jessicah Schipper

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Jessicah Schipper : biography

19 November 1986 –

Jessicah Lee Schipper OAM (born 19 November 1986 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian swimmer. She trained at the Redcliffe Leagues Lawnton club in Brisbane, under veteran coach Ken Wood up until the conclusion of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Schipper now trains under the guidance of Stephan Widmer with the Commercial Swimming Club. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in January 2005 for her services to swimming. In 2003 she finished high school at Pine Rivers State High School

World & Olympic accomplishments

2003 World Championships Events
Event Time Place
100m Butterfly 59.48 10th
200m Butterfly 2:12.28 10th
4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:01.37 Bronze
2005 World Championships Events
Event Time Place
100m Butterfly 57.23 Gold AR
200m Butterfly 2:05.65 Silver AR
4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.47 Gold
2007 World Championships Events
Event Time Place
100m Butterfly 57.24 Silver
200m Butterfly 2:06.39 Gold
4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.74 Gold WR
2009 World Championships Events
Event Time Place
100m Butterfly 56.23 Silver AR
200m Butterfly 2:03.41 Gold WR
4 x 100 m Medley Relay 3:52.58 Silver AR
2004 Summer Olympics Events
Event Time Place
100m Butterfly 58.22 4th
4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.32 Gold WR
2008 Summer Olympics Events
Event Time Place
100m Butterfly 57.25 Bronze
200m Butterfly 2:06.26 Bronze
4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:52.69 Gold WR

Swimming career

Schipper made her debut for Australia at the 2003 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, winning the bronze medal as part of the 4×100 m medley relay team.

2004 Summer Olympics

In 2004 she competed in the Athens Olympics, placing 4th in the 100 m butterfly with the time of 58.22 s. She also collected the gold medal in the 4×100 m medley relay, having swum the butterfly leg in the heats of the event.

At the 2005 World Aquatics Championships in Montreal she won the silver medal in the 200 m butterfly with the time of 2.05.65 s, only 0.04 seconds behind Otylia Jędrzejczak of Poland, who consequently recorded a new world record in the event. However, the race was overshadowed by the video replay showing that Jędrzejczak touched the finishing wall with only one hand, which is illegal under the butterfly rules. Doing so allows the swimmer to stretch out further with their single hand. Video replays cannot be used in appeals against race results. Schipper also won the gold in the 100 m butterfly (57.23 s) and in the 4×100 m medley relay, with teammates Sophie Edington, Leisel Jones and Libby Lenton. In doing so, she erased the Australian records in both the 100 m and 200 m butterfly set by Petria Thomas and Susie O’Neill, respectively.