City of Sheffield’s Elliot Clogg was struggling to contain his delight after smashing his personal best on day three of the British Swimming Championships.
Clogg was competing in Thursday’s 200m backstroke final at the London Aquatics Centre - the first major competition at the venue since the 2012 Olympic Games.
He clocked a time of 2:04.82 minutes in his race, which was nearly a three-second improvement on his qualification time.
And despite finishing in eighth place, Clogg was thrilled to have secured such a good time after plenty of training this year.
“I’m happy with how I went there, to say I’ve been out in the run up to Christmas it’s really nice to just go out and get a PB,” he revealed.
“I had a virus over Christmas that wouldn’t go away and it kept me coughing so I couldn’t train.
“It was very frustrating and put my confidence down so I wasn’t really swimming that fast.
“I didn’t think I would make this meet at one point but it was nice to just recover from it and get back swimming well.
“It’s a great pool and a good venue – I came here last year told my mum I couldn’t wait to swim here.
“The final was really tough, I was just trying to keep up with Brodie Williams in front who is absolutely mad – I don’t know how he manages to get such fast times.
“I’ve got the 50m freestyle on Friday and then the 200m freestyle on Saturday so hopefully I can continue to pick up some good times.”
Meanwhile, fellow City of Sheffield swimmer Madeline Dyer, was competing for a place at the European Youth Olympic Festival in her 100m backstroke final.
She hit a time of 1:06.64, finishing in sixth place and missing out on selection, but she was proud to have earned a chance to swim at such an iconic venue.
“It definitely felt quite hard in the back end, but it was definitely better than this morning’s heats for me, so I am pleased with how the final went,” she said.
“I felt pretty confident heading into the final, I was in the same lane as the heats so there was no real change there and I knew I just had to focus on my own swim.
“The atmosphere is great, I am loving being a part of the British Championships – I’ve got the 200m backstroke on Saturday so I am really hopeful of qualifying for the final as well so I can be back and experience it all again.
“It’s my first time in this pool, I think it’s very cool to be swimming in the Olympic pool.”
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