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Rio 2016: Sheffield swimmer Max Litchfield narrowly misses out on medal

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Sheffield swimmer Max Litchfield narrowly missed out on securing Team GBs first medal at the Rio Olympics.

The 21-year-old, originally from Pontefract, finished 4th in the 400m individual medley final with a time of 4:11.62.

“It’s an honour to be the first British guy out in the first finals session at an Olympic Games.

“Competing at the Olympics is what everyone dreams of and to be able to go out there and swim fast and swim well is amazing. Hopefully that will spur the team on for the rest of the week.

“I knew the guys at the top would go out quick next to me. It was a matter for me of sticking to my race plan, knowing that I would probably be a few body lengths behind at 100m.

“I wouldn’t have changed anything – I’m happy to have got another 0.3 seconds off my personal best from the morning.

“It is annoying to finish fourth but I was still two seconds behind the guy who was third. So to come fourth at my first Olympic Games and to set a personal best is all I could ask for.”

– Max Litchfield

Max hopes to make a big splash in Rio

It's just over 100 days until the start of the Olympic Games and four athletes from our region have had their seats confirmed on the plane to Rio.

Max Litchfield and Ellie Faulkner from Sheffield, Georgia Coates from Leeds and Mansfield's Molly Renshaw are part of a 26 strong swimming squad hoping to make a big splash next summer.

Max qualified for the Olympics with a stunning performance at the British Championships last week and Chris Dawkes has been to Ponds Forge in Sheffield to meet him.

And they're off! Swimmers brave the freezing conditions at the Lee Dam swim

The women's race at Lee Dam swim Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Lee Dam New Year swim has been held above Todmorden today despite the freezing weather and snowy conditions.

The men take to the icy water at Lee Dam Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Hardy swimmers brave the freezing water Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Simon Buttler from Blackshaw Head, Hebden Bridge, - or the Joker - raising £400 for Calder Valley Flood Relief Fund and Hebden Bridge Junior Band which lost its home in the floods.

'The Joker' raising cash for local flood relief effort Credit: ITV Yorkshire


Sheffield to host British Diving Championships

Great Britain's best divers will be hoping to book themselves a place on the plane for the Rio Olympics at the event Credit: PA

Sheffield's Ponds Forge has been announced as the venue for next summer's British Diving Championships.

Great Britain's best divers will be hoping to book themselves a place on the plane for the Rio Olympics at the event, which will take place from June 10-12.

GB sealed five Olympic quota places at the World Championships earlier this year and will be aiming to secure more berths at the World Cup in February.

Sheffield is a great pool that has showcased some of the best competitions we have hosted and I look forward to bringing the very best level of competition back to Yorkshire. This is an important competition for athletes on the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and I know this will bring out the very best performances from our athletes. The competition will be exciting, with a high standard, and I know we will have a strong team once this meet is finished."

– National performance director Alexei Evangulov

Scunthorpe swimmer back home after qualifiying for 2016 Olympics

It is still over a year to go until the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in Rio but this week an athlete from our region became the first to qualify for Team GB.

Open water swimmer Jack Burnell, who was born in Scunthorpe, qualified after finishing fifth at the World Championships in Russia.

He is now back home and our sports reporter Chris Dawkes caught up with him at his training base at Loughborough University.

Swimmer becomes first Briton to secure place at Rio Olympics

Britain's Jack Burnell clinched a trip to the 2016 Rio Olympics with a fifth-place finish in the men's 10km at the World Aquatic Championships in Kazan.

The 22-year-old from Scunthorpe, who is the current World Cup leader, was among 70 swimmers competing at the Kazanka River venue, with the top 10 securing Olympic qualification.

USA's Jordan Wilimovsky, 21, won the race, finishing 12.1 seconds ahead of Dutchman Ferry Weertman. Burnell was 17.6secs behind the winner.

The race included the reigning Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia, who finished in 23rd place

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