Walker-Hebborn believes ‘anything is possible’ in his attempt for a Rio medal

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Chris Walker Hebborn in action ENGANL00220110720175521
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Bury St Edmunds’ swimming star Chris Walker-Hebborn will get his bid for an Olympic medal under way this weekend, writes Russell Claydon

The 26-year-old is bidding to put a disappointing Games debut in London behind him when he takes to the water in the 100m backstroke heats in Sunday’s afternoon session (1pm-3.30pm BST) in Brazil.

The double Commonwealth Games champion hopes to progress through the semi-finals on Sunday night to go for glory in Monday night’s final (both from 10pm BST).

Speaking to the Evening Standard, the Bury-raised swimmer said: “I think I’m in a great place to do better than in 2012. If I can get myself a lane in the final anything is possible.”

n Bury resident Peter Marlow will be in Rio de Janiero to officiate the race walking, which starts next Friday.

The duty manager at the town’s Theatre Royal competed at the infamous 1972 Munich Olympics, coming 17th in the 20km walk.

His other six Olympic visits have been as an official, but the 75-year-old has said Rio will be his swansong.

“London was the best I have even been to but I am sure Rio is going to be good, despite it being all doom and gloom,” he said.