Rio Olympics hope Max revels in company of elite

DONCASTER DARTES ace Max Litchfield is hoping to boost his prospects of competing in the Olympic Games at this week’s selection trials at the new Aquatics Centre in Stratford.

The 17-year-old, who was runner-up in the national age-group 200m individual medley final last year, travelled down to the capital after Friday morning’s 5am training session in the town along with his dad Pete and head coach Andrew Wallace having qualified for both the 200m and 400m individual medley and the 100m and 200m backstroke.

The Doncaster teenager had the chance of a warm-up in the 50m training pool later that evening in order to get acquainted with the new facilities.

He competed in the 400m individual on Saturday and the 100m backstroke on Sunday but failed to reach the latter stages of either event.

He was able to train and relax yesterday and today before getting back into the pool tomorrow for both the 200m backstroke an 200 individual medley.

“He has an outside chance of a semi-final in the 200m individual medley,” said a club spokesperson.

“Having just turned 17 he’s still a couple of years short of a realistic shot at a place in Team GB. But Max has his eyes fixed on Rio in 2016 and if he can reach a semi-final it’ll put him firmly on the radar for next time round.

“Overall it should be a fantastic experience for Max, swimming in the Olympic Pool and spending time rubbing shoulders with Britain’s and some of the World’s elite swimmers.”