Chris aiming to maintain form and book Commonwealth place

ON FORM: Chris Walker-Hebborn who is hoping to maintain the momentum of a good start to the year and seal his Commonwealth Games place next week
ON FORM: Chris Walker-Hebborn who is hoping to maintain the momentum of a good start to the year and seal his Commonwealth Games place next week
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Chris Walker-Hebborn is hoping to maintain his bright start to the new year and seal his Commonwealth Games qualification next week.

The Bury St Edmunds swimmer heads to Glasgow, Scotland, for the designated trials, commencing on Thursday, where he will be competing in the 1oom backstroke, 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle with the aim of booking his return to the city for the Games in July.

And after a positive start to the new year, which has seen him follow up victories in the Flanders Cup in Antwerp with further success in an open meet in Berlin, beating America’s highly-rated David Plummer in the process, the 23-year-old is keen to continue his form.

“Training has been going really well and I have had some good results at races around Europe, so things are looking up,” he said.

“I’m really confident at the moment, I’m the fastest ranked Commonwealth athlete and I have beaten some big names recently so hopefully I can keep that form going.

“To qualify I have to swim 53.6 seconds and I’ve already been swimming around 53.38 this year so I’m already quicker than the qualifying time, which is good.

“My own goal is to win the 100m backstroke event and hopefully go around the 52.9 mark. However, a time around 53.2 would be seen as a great swim.

“The idea is to really swim strongly now and qualify for the Commonwealth Games as early as possible.

“I will be up against some very quick people next week but hopefully I can keep up my strong form, come away with a few wins and guarantee my Commonwealth place.”