Knight rises to occasion

WISBECH swimmer Liam Knight had his first experience of the new London Olympics swimming pool at the weekend and found it just amazing.

The 17-year-old was competing in the British Olympic trials against the top swimmers in the country and the surroundings certainly brought the best out of him.

He reached the 100 metres backstroke semi-finals and, although finishing in seventh place, he beat his personal best time by just over a second in 57.11 secs in a race shown on BBC TV and was just over two seconds behind world champion Liam Tancock.

He was the fastest for his age group and that has won him a European junior placing. In the 400m individual medley Liam knocked five seconds off his personal best with a time of 4min 32.47 secs when just failing to qualify for the final in the heats.

He said: “The pool is just amazing and I am really lost for words to describe it.

“It was a fantastic experience to swim against the top swimmers in the pool.

“I have trained really hard for these trials and was really hyped up and I think that has helped achieve two personal best times.”

Liam is back at the Olympic Pool again today when he will be competing in both the 200 metres backstroke and individual medley.