Litchfield claims bronze in Taipei

22 Aug 2017

Sheffield swimmer Joe Litchfield claimed a bronze in the 200m individual medley at the World University Games.

Litchfield, brother of Rio 2016 Olympian Max, is part of the Great Britain team competing at the 2017 World University Games in Chinese Taipei, which run from August 19-30.

And on Tuesday he helped double Britain’s medal tally as he finished third in the final of the 200m individual medley at the National Taiwan Sports University Arena.

Litchfield touched third to take the bronze, in the process putting himself in contention for nomination to England’s Commonwealth Games swimming team for the Gold Coast, next April.

And having added to Jay Lelliott’s silver in the 400m freestyle from Sunday, Litchfield was understandably delighted to get on the medal rostrum himself.

“To be on the podium with two of the best in the world is an absolute honour really,” said the Sheffield Hallam University swimmer, who will compete in the 400m individual medley and 100m butterfly on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

“I’m chuffed really, the medal was a bonus, I wanted the Commonwealth time which was 1:59.7, so that was really the main goal and then to finish on the podium is fantastic.

“It’s great, that’s now two medals for the swimmers, it’s not just a medal representing GB, but also Sheffield Hallam.

“I’ve got to give a shout out to them because they have been a great support for me, they’ve given me a huge chunk of money to be here, so it’s great to represent Hallam and GB.”