Badsworth ace Max shows his class in Belgium

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Badsworth swimmer Max Litchfield (pictured) showed his class for Great Britain in the Speedo Flanders Cup in Antwerp, Belgium.

With flights from Heathrow cancelled due to snow, most of the 50-strong British team failed to arrive in Antwerp.

However, the results for the British swimmers who found alternative transport arrangements, including Max, were pretty good.

Max, who is currently doing his A-Levels at New College, Pontefract, qualified for all his finals in the 400 metres freestyle and 200 metres and 400 metres individual medley.

An indication of the calibre of this meeting was that Hungarian Lazslo Cseh was favourite for the medleys.

Cseh was world champion in 2005 and is a five times Olympic medalist, with three silvers behind Michael Phelps in Beijing and a bronze in both London and Athens.

The middle distance freestyle looked set to be ruled by the Faroese superstar Pál Joensen who took 1,500 metres freestyle bronze at last year’s short course world championships.

Despite that level of competition, Max managed to qualify fastest for all three of the finals, beating both favourites along the way.

The finals did not end quite the same way.

But Max’s individual haul of two silver medals and two bronze medals was reward for a very solid performance on his first senior international appearance.

Max was second in the final of the 400 metres freestyle in three minutes, 57.46 seconds and second in the 1,500 metres freestyle, finishing in 15 minutes, 41.47 seconds.

Joensen took first place in both those events.

Max also took third place in the 400 metres individual medley in four minutes, 27.85 seconds and third in the 200 metres individual medley in two minutes, 07.52 seconds.

Cseh was first in both events.

Max also earned himself a gold and silver medal in the relays.

The men’s relay quartet won the 100 metres relay and were second in the 100 metres freestyle relay.

To top it all off, Max came away with 600 euros in prize money.

He is now looking at qualifying for the World Junior Championships to be held in Dubai at the end of August.

He already has times for both medley events and is ranked in the top two in the country at the moment.

Max is also aiming to make his mark at the British Gas Open meeting at the John Charles Centre in Leeds next month.