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Students breaks multiple British records

Posted onPosted on 1st Dec

Elliot Clogg, of Meden School, Warsop, has broken the current Junior U16 Boys British Backstroke Records in 50m, 100m and 200m.

The Market Warsop based swimmer took part in a number of races in Manchester and Sunderland during November, completing the 100m backstroke with a personal best time of 54.89 and taking the British record, previously held by Ieuan Lloyd for the past six years.

During his races in Manchester, 15-year-old Elliot went on to break three other Yorkshire records in the 50m free, 100m free and 200m back, of which the 50m free had been held since 1994.

Later in the month Elliot competed at the North East Shortcourse Championships in Sunderland where not only did he swim a personal best in both the 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke senior finals to become North East Regional Champion in both, he also broke two further British records in both 50m and 200m backstroke.

Speaking about breaking the 100m backstroke record Elliot said: “I was overwhelmed. I didn’t realise I was even close to breaking it so hadn’t looked at the numbers. When the announcement came over the tannoy, I just presumed it was another Yorkshire record, it never occurred to me that it was a British record.

“I have been swimming competitively since I was 7 and I absolutely love it, I just want to carry on progressing. I am hoping to qualify for the European Junior Championships in mid 2016, although that would involve swimming against older boys as I am at the young end of the age range.

“The ultimate dream then would be the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.”

The Meden School student also got the opportunity to swim alongside current Commonwealth 50m and 100m Champion, Ben Proud which he thoroughly enjoyed.

His next challenge will be in December when he faces the ASA Winter Shortcourse Nationals.