Knight in timing drama: Wisbech swimmer tears up Cambridgeshire’s record book

WISBECH swimming star Liam Knight cruised to an incredible victory at the National County Team Championships by smashing Cambridgeshire’s 100m backstroke record.

The teenage sensation recorded the fastest time for any 17-year-old in the country this year, finishing almost three seconds ahead of the rest of the field in 55.39secs.

It was the third fastest time seen in the whole of Europe for the age group this season and it broke the all-time county record.

Knight’s swim helped Cambridgeshire finish 12th in Division Two of the championships, equalling their best performance in the last five years.

The competition saw the best young swimmers from every county in England, Wales and Scotland converge on Sheffield.

Knight also broke Cambridgeshire’s record for the 100m breaststroke in a personal best time of one minute and 5.71 seconds.

The City of Peterborough (COPS) swimmer, who won his first British title in August this year, was also the first winner in the Fenland Sports Stars of the Future campaign.

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The campaign, run by Fenland District Council in conjunction with the Cambs Times/Wisbech Standard, helps youngsters develop their skills by giving them free use of all council-run leisure facilities.