National Teams

Senior National Team

Joshua Liendo

  • Age 19
  • Height 192 cm / 6 ftin
  • Club High Performance Centre - Ontario
  • Coach Ben Titley
  • Previous Coaches Murray Drudge, Phillip Garcia
  • Hometown Markham, ON
  • Residence Markham, ON

National Team Highlights

EventFinalist
Abu Dhabi 2021 FINA World Championships (25m)123
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games2
Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships
Budapest 2019 FINA World Junior Championships126

Joshua’s Bio

  • Joshua Liendo became the first Black Canadian swimmer to win a gold medal and a medal in an individual event for Canada at the 2021 FINA World Championships (25m).  Liendo won gold and broke the Canadian record as a member of the mixed 4×50-m freestyle relay team. Liendo earned bronze in the 50-m and 100-m freestyle, breaking the Canadian record in the 50-m freestyle. He also broke the Canadian record and finished 14th in the 100-m butterfly. He was also tied for fourth-fastest in the 50-m butterfly heats but scratched out of the semifinals to focus on the 50 free final.
  • At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Liendo was a part of the men’s 4×100-m freestyle relay that broke the Canadian record and finished fourth. He also swam the butterfly leg of the men’s 4×100-m medley relay that placed seventh. Individually, Liendo finished 11th in the 100-m butterfly, 14th in the 100-m freestyle and 18th in the 50-m freestyle at his first Olympics.
  • At the 2022 Bell Canadian Swimming Trials, Liendo broke Brent Hayden’s 13-year-old Canadian record in the 50-m freestyle. Liendo also broke the Canadian record in the 100-m butterfly. His performances qualified him for both the 2022 FINA World Championships and the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
  • At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Trials, Liendo won gold in the 100-m butterfly, breaking the Canadian record in the preliminaries, and won gold in the 100-m freestyle. He also finished second in the 50-m freestyle. His performance qualified him for his first Olympic Games.
  • Liendo was a member of the men’s 4×100-m medley that finished 10th at the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships. Individually, Liendo finished 44th in the 50-m butterfly.
  • At the Budapest 2019 FINA World Junior Championships, Liendo lowered his Canadian age group record to earn silver in the 100-m freestyle. He was also a member of the mixed 4×100-m medley and the men’s 4×100-m medley that brought home bronze medals.
  • At the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto, Liendo qualified for the 2019 FINA World Championships, his first senior national team, by finishing second and breaking the 15-17 age group record in the 100-m butterfly. He went on to lower that record at the Eastern Canadian Championships the following week in Quebec City.
  • He also finished fourth in the 50-m freestyle and fifth in the 100-m free at Trials, in age group record times.
  • Liendo won Swimming Canada’s Male Junior Swimmer of the Year in 2019 and 2021.
  • At the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji, Liendo was a part of the men’s 4×100-m medley team that earned bronze. Individually, Liendo finished fourth and fifth in the 100-m butterfly and 50-m freestyle.
  • At the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Liendo was a member of the men’s 4×100-m medley, and mixed 4×100-m medley that finished sixth and seventh.
  • At the 2018 Canadian Junior Championships, Liendo won gold in the 50-m and 100-m freestyle as well as the 100-m butterfly. He also captured bronze in the 200-m freestyle, 100-m backstroke and 200-m butterfly.
Quick Facts
  • Instagram: @j__liendo
  • Favourite Movie: Indiana Jones
  • Favourite Book: Percy Jackson books
  • Favourite TV Show: Top Boy
  • Favourite Actor: Chris Rock
  • Favourite Group: Migos
  • Other Sport: American Football
  • Favourite place to visit: Australia
  • Music behind the blocks: Rap
  • Pre-race meal: Pasta
  • Favourite Superhero: Thor

Joshua’s Personal Bests

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EventCourseTimeDateMeetRecordsStatus
50m Freestyle50mCanadian Trials---
50m Butterfly50mCanadian Trials
100m Butterfly50mCanadian Trials---
100m Freestyle25mFINA: 15th World Short Course Championships
50m Freestyle25mFINA: 15th World Short Course Championships---
50m Butterfly25mFINA: 15th World Short Course Championships---
100m Butterfly25mFINA: 15th World Short Course Championships---
100m Butterfly Laps50mXXXII Olympic GamesRELAY
100m Freestyle Laps50mXXXII Olympic GamesRELAY
100m Freestyle50mOlympic Swimming Trials
200m Freestyle25mOntario Junior International
100m Backstroke50mFINA: World Cup No 5 - 2019 Series
200m Butterfly50mEastern Canadian Championships
200m Freestyle50mEastern Canadian Championships
50m Freestyle Laps50mSpring Ontario Swimming ChampionshipRELAY
200m Butterfly25mOntario Junior International
100m Medley25mYouth Cup
50m Butterfly Laps25mYouth CupRELAY
50m Backstroke25mNYAC Cup
200m Backstroke25mNYAC Cup
100m Breaststroke25mDowntown Sprint Meet
200m Freestyle Laps50mJunior Pan Pacific ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Butterfly Laps50mOntario Summer Provincial ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Backstroke50m55th Annual Mel Zajac Jr. International
50m Breaststroke25mRed Black & White Meet
200m Backstroke50mEastern Canadian Championships
200m Medley50mOntario Spring Provincial Championships
100m Backstroke25mOntario Junior InternationalRELAY
100m Freestyle Laps25mOntario Junior InternationalRELAY
200m Medley25mYouth Cup
400m Medley25mNYAC Cup
800m Freestyle50mHicken International
400m Freestyle50mHicken InternationalSPLIT
400m Medley50mPrairie Winter International
1500m Freestyle50mMAC Winter Invitational
50m Freestyle Laps25mCentral Region Large Team ChampsRELAY
1500m Freestyle25mYouth Cup
800m Freestyle25mYouth CupSPLIT
400m Freestyle25mYouth CupSPLIT
200m Breaststroke50mOntario Launch into Long Course
100m Butterfly Laps25mOntario Winter SC ChampionshipsRELAY
200m Breaststroke25mPICK Sprint
100m Breaststroke50mAge Group International