Ipswich swimmer is British champion

TEAM Ipswich Swimming Club's Chris Walker-Hebborn will represent Great Britain as a senior at the World Championships in Rome this summer after he claimed 200m backstroke gold at the British Gas Swimming Championships.

Stuart Watson

TEAM Ipswich Swimming Club's Chris Walker-Hebborn will represent Great Britain as a senior at the World Championships in Rome this summer after he claimed 200m backstroke gold at the British Gas Swimming Championships.

The reigning European junior champion led throughout the final to finish in a time of 1:57.95 at Sheffield's Ponds Forge pool on Thursday night.

The 18-year-old said: “I waited so long and worked so hard to be national champion. It's all been worth it but it's just the beginning of what I want to achieve. It's such a strong field in this country so to come out on top is an amazing achievement for me.”


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Meanwhile, Team Ipswich's 16-year-old Lewis Coleman put in an outstanding swim to make the final of the 200m individual medley. The teenager swam a time of 2:05.42 to qualify as the second youngest competitor in the final.

He will now represent Great Britain at the European Junior Championships later this year.

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