Badsworth swimmer Max qualifies for Olympics

Max Litchfield.
Max Litchfield.
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Badsworth swimmer Max Litchfield looks set to achieve his boyhood dream of appearing in the Rio Olympics after winning his event in the British Championships in a new personal best time.

Litchfield, 21, won the 400m individual medley at the British trials in Glasgow in an Olympic qualifying standard time to effectively book his place on the plane to Rio for this year’s Olympic Games.

He beat favourite Roberto Pavoni, who had won the past five British 400m individual medley titles. And in the process Max knocked more than five seconds off his personal best to triumph in four minutes 12.05 seconds – three hundredths of a second inside the qualifying time.

He said: “It’s a boyhood dream and I knew I had it in me, but for it to become a reality is a bit surreal really.

“It feels incredible. Coming into this I knew I had the potential to get in there and swim the way I did. I’m really pleased with that and it’s great to come away on top as well.

“I knew I had a good drop to come in my personal best. I’ve had a rough couple of years and I knew I could go faster than what I had done. It was a matter of putting that swim together and that was today.”

In a great meet for the Litchfield family, there was more success for Max’s younger brother, Joe, who also won the Team Tokyo final and swam a qualifying time for the European Junior Championships.