Bury’s Chris sets a new record in golden double

RECORD: Chris Walker-Hebborn
RECORD: Chris Walker-Hebborn
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Chris Walker-Hebborn continued his scintillating form to write his name into the history books with European Championship glory.

Following on from his golden display at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow two weeks ago, the Bury St Edmunds-born swimmer again proved his credentials by clinching gold in the 100m backstroke final on Tuesday in a time of 53.32 seconds, overhauling 2011 world champion Jeremy Stravius and Germany’s Jan-Philip Glania.

And the evening only got better for Walker-Hebborn as, along with Adam Peaty, Jemma Lowe and Fran Halsall, Great Britain scooped another gold in the mixed 4x100m medley in a world record time of three minutes 44.02 seconds to beat Australia’s previous record by two-and-a-half seconds.

“I’ve come here and made history, I never thought I could say that,” said Walker-Hebborn on the world record. “The two golds so far haven’t really sunk in yet.

“I’m just riding on a crest of a wave from my Commonwelath Games success.

“I wanted to get four 
podium places and if I manage that, I’ll be more than happy.”

Walker-Hebborn was looking to add to his medal tally in last night’s 50m backstroke final, ahead of Sunday’s men’s 4x100m medley.