Jacob Hansford booked his ticket to the Rio Olympic Games when he was fifth in the stacked 200m freestyle at the 2015 Nationals to secure a coveted spot in the 4x200m relay team. He was also fifth in the 400m freestyle.
In Rio, Hansford swum in the heats of the 4x200m freestyle relay to help Australia secure a spot in the final. The quartet of Thomas Fraser Holmes, David McKeon, Dan Smith and Mack Horton went on to finish fourth, just 0.68 seconds outside of the medal positions.
Hansford made his international debut in 2015 at the World University Games in South Korea where he swam to silver in the 4x200m relay and an individual bronze in the men’s 200m freestyle.