Wisbech backstroke ace Liam Knight: ‘Euro Champs will make me a better swimmer’

BACKSTROKE star Liam Knight said it was an honour to represent Great Britain after a mixed week of results at the European Junior Swimming Championships.

The 17-year-old Wisbech ace failed to qualify for the semi-finals in his best event, the 200m backstroke, but produced an impressive performance in the 100m.

He also powered to a personal best of 26.86secs in the 50m to qualify for the semi-finals, where he clocked 26.88secs.

Knight said: “I wasn’t very pleased with my 200m at all. I went out too quick and struggled on the way back.

“I also had a 6ft 7in Italian beside me who was kicking waves at me! It was just one of those races that didn’t go according to plan.


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“I have learnt so much from the competition and it will make me a better swimmer.”

Knight spent nine days in Antwerp, Belgium, for the championships.

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“It was an amazing experience,” he said. “The crowd was absolutely amazing and on the second night they started doing a Mexican Wave.

“It was just brilliant to be there representing Great Britain. I can’t really put it into words how good it was.”

Knight will compete in the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships in Sheffield next week.

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