Wisbech swimmer Liam Knight believes his backstroke silver medal at the BUCS Gatorade Nationals will sharpen his mind in preparation for trying to make the Commonwealth Games squad.
Currently in full training ahead of trials to make the team for Glasgow, the 19-year-old headed to Sheffield to pit himself against Britain’s best in the pool.
And he didn’t disappoint in the Ponds Forge pool, powering to second place in the 200m backstroke final in a time of 2:01.95 minutes.
Almost five seconds ahead of his nearest challenger in third, the former Wisbech Grammar School pupil just missed gold by six-tenths-of-a-second behind Jonathan Carlisle.
“It was alright out there, an OK swim,” said Knight. “I’m on really, really hard training at the moment ready for Commonwealth Games trials in six weeks’ time, so to be a second off my PB at this time moment is pretty good.
“I’d have liked to have been a bit faster but on my last turn I nearly missed the wall, but it was a good race between me and Jonny.
“This was a meet to get me in the mood for racing, we’re in the middle of carnage in the pool at the moment with ten sessions a week.
“I’m trying to bulk out a bit more because I was quite weedy last year, so to swim 2:01 minutes while really tired is a nice sign.”
Knight was competing on behalf of Loughborough University, where he is currently studying a degree in sports management.
“I’ve just moved clubs, I was at Peterborough but I am now at Loughborough and it’s brilliant – it’s my first year at the university,” he added.
“It’s been hard at times, emotional at times, but I’m starting to get back to where I want to be.
“This time last year I was swimming a 2:04, so where I am now is pretty good.
“I’m in the right place to get to bigger and better things. Maybe not this year but I’ll give it a go, and I’m definitely aiming for Rio 2016.”
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