Fantastic swim sees Max finish fourth in Olympic final

Olympic finalist Max Litchfield.
Olympic finalist Max Litchfield.

Badsworth swimmer Max Litchfield did more than just realise his Olympic dream as he came close to winning Great Britain’s first medal in the Rio Olympics.

After setting a new personal best in the heats to reach the final of the men’s 400m individual medley, the 21-year-old former Badsworth CE J&I School pupil finished fourth, just one place away from winning a medal in his first-ever final at world level.

Max’s time in the final of four minutes, 11.62 was his personal best again as he finished just behind winner Kosuke Hagino, of Japan.

After his outstanding second effort in the opening swimming event of the Olympics, Max said: “I’m very happy.

“It’s a shame to come in fourth and miss out (on a medal), but two PBs in a day, I can’t complain at that really.”

Max found himself trailing down in seventh place at the half-way stage after 100m each of butterfly and backstroke, but recovered well with a brilliant leg of breaststroke before closing on the medal winners further with another good final leg of freestyle.

He added: There’s always things you can go back and work on after you’ve raced and there’s a few things I lack and know I can definitely do better on.

“There’s something to improve on. I’ll go back and put those spurs in place and come back better.”