Wisbech swimmer Knight training like a demon in preparation for Commonwealth trials

Liam Knight.

Liam Knight. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech swimmmer Liam Knight is training 14 times a week to give himself the best chance of fulfilling his Commonwealth Games dream.

The 19 year-old backstroke star is doing nine sessions in the pool, three in the gym and two boxing workouts a week as he gears up for next month’s Commonwealth trials in the hope of making the England team for Glasgow.

The savage training regime seems to be paying off - Knight picked up a silver representing Loughborough University in the 200m backstroke at the BUCS Gatorade Nationals last month and claimed three golds and a bronze at the Dave McUllagh Memorial meet in Ulster at the weekend.

He dominated the 200m backstroke in 2.01.43, winning by almost six seconds, and was a comfortable winner in the 100m backstroke (55.89) and 50m backstroke (26.55).

Knight said: “To swim those times while knackered is pretty good. Last year, at this stage of the season, I was swimming 2.04s, so to be achieving 2.01s while training so hard is encouraging.


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“My main goal at the Commonwealth trials is to beat my personal best in the 200m backstroke (2.00.50). If I could break the two minute barrier, that would be great.

“After that, whatever happens happens. I’m in the right place to get to bigger and better things. I may not make the team but I’ll give it a go, and I’m definitely aiming for Rio 2016.”

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