Liam gets ready to strike gold

Liam Knight Photograph 2012 National Youth Championships'Ian Knight []
Liam Knight Photograph 2012 National Youth Championships'Ian Knight []
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LIAM Knight confirmed he is one of the most promising young backstroke swimmers in the country with a bronze and silver at the British ASA Youth championships in Sheffield last week.

And the 17-year-old Wisbech lad will still be eligible for the 17-18 year group next year when he will be looking to strike gold.

The former Wisbech Grammar School pupil was a little disappointed with his performances in the European Junior Championships earlier this month, but the experience picked up there was put to good use for the British championships as it was personal bests all the way.

In the 100 metres backstroke heats Liam was in really good form with a best time of 57.10 which was the fastest recorded. However in the semi-final things did not go quite so well and he explained: “I slipped on the block at the start and had to finish very well but was still over a second off my best in sixth place.

“In the final I set a new personal best by half a second in 56.63 to finish third. I was very pleased with that and my coach Ben Negus said it was technically my best ever swim.”

Liam is at his strongest in the 200m backstroke but was up against the European champion Joseph Patching but was determined to make sure he gave him a run for his money.

He had again produced the fastest time in the semi-finals and looked pretty assured of at least a silver medal in the final.

Knight said: “I spoke with my coach before the final and decided to really go for it. I went off fast from the start and as a consequence I suffered at the end but still set another new personal best in second place with 2min 3.37 secs.

“I was delighted with my performances in the two events. I knew I had very good chances of being among the medals but the experience picked up from the European Championships and the Olympic Trials has certainly helped me improve.

“I will be back for next year’s championships in the same age group and fortunately Joseph Patching will be too old.”

Knight now intends to take a well earned rest until he gets down to serious training again in September.

The 2016 Olympics in Brazil is still a target but for the next two weeks he will enjoy watching his fellow swimmers compete in London at a pool he sampled back in June at the trials.