Swimmer Max is double European finalist

Max Litchfield.
Max Litchfield.

Olympics bound Badsworth swimmer Max Litchfield reached two finals when he competed in the European Aquatics Championships in London.

Although the 21-year-old did not bring a medal back to Yorkshire he was happy with the competitive practice as he prepares for the Rio games this summer.

Litchfield, who swims for City of Sheffield, made it to the 200 metres individual medley final and finished in seventh place in a time of two minutes, 0.71 seconds, behind Greek winner Andreas Vazaios, but one place ahead of his Great Britain team-mate, Daniel Wallace.

Max then moved on to the 400 metres individual medley event in which he won the British Championships in a qualifying time for the Olympics last month.

He made it through to the final again as the second fastest qualifier, but was just outside the medals in fifth place in a time of four minutes, 15.10 seconds – outside the time he did in the domestic trials.

Again he was the leading British swimmer in the event with the winner being David Veraszto, of Hungary, who’s time was also outside that recorded by Litchfield in the British Championships.

After the championships, Litchfield tweeted that he was happy with his efforts.

He said: “Racing done for London 2016, some solid swims and lots of positives to bring out of the week!”

Max, meanwhile, was back at his old Badsworth Junior & Infants School last week when he gave a talk to the children and staff.