Walker-Hebborn keen to prove his Commonwealth credentials

MEDAL AMBITION: Chris Walker-Hebborn is targeting medal glory at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
MEDAL AMBITION: Chris Walker-Hebborn is targeting medal glory at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Chris Walker-Hebborn is out to prove his medal credentials
after being named among the England swimming team for the Commonwealth Games.

The Bury St Edmunds-born ace is starting to dream of making a splash in Glasgow this summer following the news he was included in the 39-strong squad for the July championships.

And going into the Games as one of the fastest-ranked competitors, Walker-Hebborn is desperate to live up to the expectations and get his hands on at least one medal from his 50m, 100m backstroke and 4x100m medley relay events.

“I was pretty confident of going to the Games, but to have my place finally confirmed is great and it builds up that excitement again,” he said. “I have a much more realistic chance of winning a medal this time round than I did four years ago.

“I am ranked as one of the fastest in the Commonwealth and so it is just about proving that on the day.

“Obviously ideally I would love to win it, but I know there is some stiff competition.

“Being one of the favourites does bring some added 
pressure, but the biggest 
pressure comes from my-
self.

“I know I am capable of being up there on the podium and so it just about going out and doing it.”

Ahead of his assault on this summer’s championships, the 24-year-old has enjoyed good preparation going into the Games on the back of a streak of good form.

The most prominent came last month at the British Gas Swimming Championships, where he enjoyed successive victories over two-time world champion Liam Tancock, pipping him to the 50m and 100m backstroke titles.

And having competed in a Commonwelath Games before, as well as in Glasgow just last month, Walker-Hebborn is reassured by the familiar surroundings.

“It being my second Commonwealth Games certainly puts my mind at ease,” he added. “I competed in Glasgow earlier this year and so it is all familiar surroundings which helps.

“My preparation has been great, I’m in a really good 
place at the moment and I’m confident good things can happen.”