Suffolk swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn dedicates Olympic silver to his dad

The Team GB squad celebrate their silver medal in the 4x100m individual medley in Rio. Bury's Chris

The Team GB squad celebrate their silver medal in the 4x100m individual medley in Rio. Bury's Chris Walker-Hebborn is second from the right - Credit: PA

Suffolk has its second Olympic medallist after swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn claimed silver as part of the Team GB 4x100m individual medley quartet in Rio overnight.

Walker-Hebborn, left, celebrates with his team-mates

Walker-Hebborn, left, celebrates with his team-mates - Credit: PA

And Walker-Hebborn, who went to school at King Edward’s in Bury St Edmunds, dedicated the medal to his father Andy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and as a result his parents could not travel to Rio to watch him in action.

“This one is for my dad and it’s pretty special,” Walker-Hebborn, a former member of the Team Ipswich swimming squad, said.

“It’s been a tough few weeks. This was always going to be my best opportunity and these boys swam out of their skin and I left everything in the pool.”

He later tweeted: “It’s been emotional, but winning the silver with these guys was more than I had ever dreamed of. Thank you!”


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Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott finished in three minutes 29.24 seconds as Michael Phelps’ USA squad won in 3mins 27.95secs - a new Olympic record.

Britain were sixth following Walker-Hebborn’s backstroke leg, but a blistering breaststroke stint from Peaty - a split time of 56.59 - saw the fastest qualifiers surge into the lead.

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Phelps overtook Guy on the butterfly leg, handing over to Nathan Adrian, who held off Scott to give Phelps a golden swansong. Bronze went to Australia.

Suffolk’s first Olympic medal came on Friday as rider Spencer Wilton took silver as part of the Team GB dressage squad.

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