Joshua Liendo was first part of Team Canada at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. He competed in four individual events and was a finalist with the men’s and mixed 4x100m medley relays. Earlier in the year, he had won bronze with the men’s 4x100m medley relay at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships where he also made the finals of the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle.
After winning silver in the 100m butterfly at the 2019 Canadian Trials, breaking the national record in the 15-17 age group, he qualified for his first senior national team to compete at the 2019 FINA World Championships. There he was part of a top-10 finish with the men’s 4x100m medley relay. He also competed at the FINA World Junior Championships in 2019 where he won silver in the 100m freestyle while lowering his Canadian age group record. He also won bronze with the men’s and mixed 4x100m medley relays. At the end of the year, Liendo was named the 2019 Male Junior Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Canada.
On the opening day of the Canadian Olympic Trials in June 2021, Liendo broke the national record in the men’s 100m butterfly with a time of 51.40 in the prelims. He went on to claim gold that evening, booking his ticket to Tokyo 2020. Liendo later added two more medals and Olympic qualifications to his name with a gold in the 100m freestyle and silver in the 50m freestyle.
A Little More About Joshua
Getting into the Sport: Started competing in swimming at age 10… Outside Interests: Enjoys video games, fantasy football, and playing music (guitar, cello, bass)… Odds and Ends: Inspired by Allen Iverson because he was fearless and overcame many obstacles to be successful… Favourite motto: “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”…
Notable International Results
Youth Olympic Games: 2018 - 6th (men 4x100m medley), 7th (mixed 4x100m medley), 11th (mixed 4x100m freestyle), 16th (50m freestyle), 21st (100m freestyle), 19th (100m butterfly), 23rd (200m butterfly)
FINA World Championships: 2019 - 10th (men 4x100m medley), 44th (50m butterfly)
FINA World Championships (junior): 2019 - SILVER (100m freestyle), BRONZE (mixed 4x100m medley), BRONZE (men 4x100m medley)
Pan Pacific Championships (junior): 2018 - BRONZE (men 4x100m medley), 4th (100m butterfly), 5th (50m freestyle)