Finlay Knox first represented Canada internationally at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires where he won bronze in the 200m individual medley. In 2019, he was a double medallist at the FINA World Junior Championships, winning silver in the 200m IM and bronze in the men’s 4x100m medley relay as he swam the anchor freestyle leg. He came close to another medal as Canada finished fourth in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. His 200m IM time of 1:59.44 was at that time the second fastest in Canadian history.
In a High Performance Time Trial in Toronto in May 2021, Knox became the first Canadian ever go under the 1:59 mark in the 200m IM, as he set the national record at 1:58.88. He lowered that national record again at the Olympic Trials for Tokyo 2020 in June 2021, touching the wall in 1:58.07 to secure his spot on the Olympic team.
Knox fractured his right ankle six weeks before the 2017 Canada Summer Games and after being in an air boot for five weeks he managed to win five medals with Team Alberta, including gold in the 200m breaststroke, silver in the 100m breaststroke, silver in the 400m IM, and bronze in the 200m IM.
A Little More About Finlay
Getting into the sport: Started swimming while living in New Zealand but didn’t start competing until age 8… Also played hockey and didn’t focus on swimming until age 10… Outside Interests: Enjoys snowboarding and skateboarding in the offseason… Odds and Ends: Mother Abby was on the British national team for cross-country running and biathlon… Moved to from Leeds, England to Christchurch, New Zealand at age 2 and then to Canada at age 7…
Notable International Results
FINA World Junior Swimming Championships: 2019 – SILVER (200m IM), BRONZE (4x100m medley relay), 4th (4x100m freestyle relay), 15th (50m breaststroke), 21st (200m breaststroke)
Youth Olympic Games: 2018 – BRONZE (200m IM), 6th (4x100m medley relay)