Win leads to Olympic place for swimmer Max

Max Litchfield is set to compete in Rio 2016 Olympics.  (h602d233)
Max Litchfield is set to compete in Rio 2016 Olympics. (h602d233)

Swimmer Max Litchfield has booked his place at the Brazil Olympics by winning his first British title.

The 21-year-old from Badsworth struck gold in the men’s 400m race at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow, a contest which doubles at the Great Britain Olympic Trials.

Former Carleton High School pupil Max, who swims for City of Sheffield, said it was his dream to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be held in August.

He said: “It will be an absolutely amazing experience. I have dreamed of competing in the Olympics for as long as I can remember.

“To go to Rio will be amazing and I’m sure it will be an amazing games. I’m looking forward to it.”

In Glasgow Max recorded a time of 4:12.05 in the contest, 0.03 seconds inside the Olympic qualifying threshold.

He said: “To beat some of the guys I was racing with this time felt really good.”

Max, who has been studying sports science at Sheffield Hallam University competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He then picked up three gold medals at this year’s British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Nationals at Ponds Forge in Sheffield earlier this month.

He added: “I started swimming when I was about five when my mum and dad started taking me to Lightwaves in Wakefield.

“Then I moved to Minsthorpe when I was eight or nine, then moved to Doncaster Dartes when I was about 10.”

Britain hosted the last Olympics, which were held in London between July and August in 2012.

Great Britain won 65 medals at the games, including 29 gold medals, 17 silver and 19 bronze.

China was second in the medal table after winning 88 in total and the United States took home 103 gold, bronze and silver medals.

London had previously hosted the Olympics in 1908 and 1948.

Record numbers of countries will take part in this year’s games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5-21.