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British record for Litchfield in 400m IM

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Max Litchfield broke the British record in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley on day three of the British Swimming Championships 2017.

The Rio 2016 Olympic finalist broke away from the pack early on in the race, and in the breaststroke and freestyle legs he left the field in his wake.

He touched in an impressive 4:10.63 to book his place at the World Championships in Budapest later this year.

Litchfield’s brother, Joe, also made his way onto the podium. He battled with Nathan Hughes of Loughborough Uni down the final 50m, and managed to maintain his pace to touch in 4:20.89 for bronze.

This was the City of Sheffield swimmer’s second personal best time of the day, having qualified for the final on a PB 4:19.15. Mark Szaranek of Edinburgh Uni claimed silver with 4:15.51.

Litchfield commented: “I was very happy with that. I was coming here to try and make that qualifying time for Budapest, and to dip under that is excellent…and a PB from me, very happy.

“I’m very excited [for Budapest] I wasn’t lucky enough to go two year’s ago, and that was gutting for me, but it spurred me on to come back stronger for the next year. I’m very happy to make that Worlds team, the first one for me.”

Silver for Shuttleworth in 1500m Freestyle

Loughborough’s Tim Shuttleworth missed out on a gold medal in the Men’s 1500m Free but came through strongly to clinch silver.

The defending British champion watched his crown taken as Wales’ Daniel Jervis stole the show. Shuttleworth finished in 15:07.92, only three seconds shy of his medal-winning time in 2016.

Although he kept pace with Jervis over the first 750m, his rival made good ground in the closing stages. Jervis ultimately touched in 14:51.48 for the top stop on the podium.

Scotland’s Stephen Milne was third to the wall, touching in 15:14.26 to claim bronze.

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