Knight targets British best

COPS Swimmer Liam Knight, who has been selected for the World Class Training Programme ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio
COPS Swimmer Liam Knight, who has been selected for the World Class Training Programme ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio
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Wisbech teenage swimmer Liam Knight is targeting a British record bid after doing himself proud competing in the British Gas Championships.

The City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) member is confident for next month’s Nationals after recording best times during the past week at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

The backstroke ace, who also swam in the 50m butterfly, said: “It’s been a hectic time. This is the best I’ve ever done so it’s all been pleasing so far.

“I’m 18 and was the youngest in my final. I was with Liam Tancock and he’s 28. It looks good for the future.”

On the Nationals at the end of July, also at Sheffield, he said: “I’ve sat down with my coach and we will try for the British record in the 100m back. I will go there and try my hardest.”

The British Gas Championships - which ran from Wednesday to Sunday - also serve as trials for the World Championships in Barcelona next month, where the top two finishers qualify.

Knight added: “The top two you need a certain time for and it’s hard to get it.

“The 200 is always the best but the 100 and 50 I seem to be doing well in.

Knight, who has been tipped as a likely Olympian for the Rio Games in 2016, became the fastest 18-year-old in the country after he finished sixth in 55.54 in the final of the 100m BK.

He contributed a great 50m, recording 25.95 and finished just 0.05 of a second off a medal, breaking the east region record.

On Sunday Knight did himself proud in the 200m final, managing another personal best to finish seventh competing against three Olympians.