Golden boy Walker-Hebborn finishes fourth in 50m backstroke final

Chris Walker-Hebborn (Picture: onedition)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (Picture: onedition)
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Chris Walker-Hebborn could not add a second medal to his collection at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday night.

The Bury St Edmunds-born swimmer finished fourth in the final of the men’s 50m backstroke in 25.14 seconds, with Australia’s Ben Treffers taking gold in 24.67 seconds.

After clinching his first major championship gold medal in the men’s 100m backstroke final on Friday, 24-year-old Walker-Hebborn produced two more excellent swims over 50m to ease into his second Commonwealth Games final on Saturday.

He recorded 25.12 seconds in the pool at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in the morning to be the fastest qualifier for the semi-finals, where he was pipped to the wall by Ben Treffers despite improving to 24.92 seconds.

After highly-rated performances as a junior, Walker-Hebborn finally transferred potential into glory when he beat Australia’s Mitch Larkin and fellow Englishman Liam Tancock by almost half a second in the 100m backstroke final on Friday.

His golden time of 53.12 seconds 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.