After successfully swimming the Olympic cut-off time in April, Max Litchfield is representing GB in the European championships this week, in the run up to Rio 2016.
The 21 year old student from Sheffield is currently in seventh place in the championships, after swimming the 200m Individual Medley on Tuesday, May 17. The competition is running in London from 16-22 May.
Max, who won his first British title in April, is set to compete for GB in the 400m Individual Medley category this summer.
Despite studying for his physiotherapy degree at Sheffield Hallam University, Max’s training has become more intense than ever to the run-up of the Olympics, and now sees him swim for around 12 hours a week, along with a strict diet plan and land training sessions.
When asked what his aims were for the Olympics, Max seemed more motivated to fulfil personal goals set by himself, but does not rule out efforts to get a medal:
“I just want to go there and swim a personal best, that’s all I can do. I have to just be in the best shape I can be, and go there and put the complete swim together.”
He added: “Once you’re in that final there’s no reason why it can’t be me that’s getting on that podium and winning a medal.”
From now until the Olympics, Max will continue to find a balance between his training and his University work while mentally and physically training for what may be the most competitive summer of his swimming career.