Bury’s Chris Walker-Hebborn wins gold at Commonwealth Games

Chris Walker-Hebborn (picture: onEdition)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (picture: onEdition)
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Bury St Edmunds-born swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn won his first medal at a major championships by taking gold in the pool at the Commonwealth Games on Friday night.

The 24-year-old recorded 53.12 seconds, almost half a second clear of Mitch Larkin (Australia) and fellow Englishman Liam Tancock, in Glasgow.

“I’m absolutely over the moon and a little bit emotional,” Walker-Hebborn told the BBC. “I’m speechless.”

He also thanked his mum and dad for their support and added: “I was absolutely pumped and it worked.”

His golden time beat his own Commomwealth Games record of 53.30 seconds, which he set on Thursday morning to book his place in the semi-final in devastating fashion.

He then flew out of the blocks in the evening’s semi-final, leading at the 50m turn, before being overtaken at the death to finish third with a time of 53.57 seconds.

In the final, although he turned 0.05 seconds down, he powered clear on the return to touch the wall first.