Akiko Thomson

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGillian Akiko•Thomson (-Guevara)
Used nameAkiko•Thomson
Born8 October 1974 in Washington, District of Columbia (USA)
Measurements171 cm / 58 kg
AffiliationsCalifornia Golden Bears, Berkeley (USA)
NOC Philippines


Akiko Thomson was a legendary Filipino swimmer although she was born to an American father and a Japanese mother. Born in Washington, DC, her family moved to Manila when she was young when her father became the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

Thomson began swimming at age six, and competed in three Olympics for the Philippines. She also won seven gold medals at the 1987 and 1991 Southeast Asian Games. Thomson attended U Cal Berkeley, graduating with a degree in anthropology, but then earned an MBA at the Ateneo de Manila University. She later became a television host and journalist with Probe Productions at ABS-CBN. Thomson was a secretary-general of the Philippine Amateur Swimming Association (PASA) and served as the president of the Philippine Olympians Association.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) PHI Akiko Thomson
50 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 30
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 39
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 28
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) DNS
1992 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) PHI Akiko Thomson
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 34
200 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 29
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 18
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 19
1996 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) PHI Akiko Thomson
50 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 51
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) =28
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 29
200 metres Individual Medley, Women (Olympic) 38