‘I felt bad because I kept winning’ - Wisbech swimming star bags SEVEN golds at winter championships
BACKSTROKE sensation Liam Knight continued his domination of East Region swimming by winning SEVEN golds at the winter championships.
The 18-year-old, from Wisbech, triumphed in all but one of his eight races at the weekend - smashing three championship records in the process.
“I actually felt bad because I kept winning,” said Knight. “I had to keep going back on the podium for more presentations.
“I got seven massive trophies, which meant it was a very heavy car on the way home! The record book for the East Region has my name all over it.
“They’re definitely the best regional championships I’ve ever had. It bodes very well for this season.”
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Knight took gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke contests at Parkside Pools, Cambridge.
He sealed a memorable season-opener by winning the 50m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley and 50m butterfly.
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The teenager also recorded a personal best to finish fourth in the 100m freestyle.
“I was knackered after the championships but I still got up on Monday morning for three hours training,” said Knight, who is taking a gap year to concentrate on his swimming.
The Wisbech star is planning to compete at several events across the region before the Zonal Championships in January. He will swim in the British Championships in March.
“It’s going to be non-stop swimming this year,” he said. “I want to get into a senior international team, that’s my main aim.
“That would mean getting into a British Championship final and going close.”
Knight represented Great Britain in this year’s European Junior Swimming Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.
He also competed in the Olympic Pool in March, racing alongside his world champion hero Liam Tancock in the British Championships.