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Adam Barrett aiming for perfect birthday present at Commonwealth Games

With a home Commonwealth Games just around the corner, we take a look at the athletes who will be competing for Team England this summer.

Adam Barrett will be aiming to ensure he enjoys a birthday to remember – by competing in a Commonwealth Games final.

Barrett turns 30 on Saturday 30 July – which is the day of the Birmingham 2022 50m Butterfly final at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre.

First, he will have to negotiate the heats and semi-final on the opening day of the event.

It will be Barrett’s second Commonwealth Games appearance and if he adds to the three medals he won at the Glasgow 2014 Games, it will certainly a present he’ll never forget.

Barrett is the oldest member of the 48-strong Team England squad and is relishing the opportunity to compete on the global stage again – eight years after his Commonwealth debut.

One hell of a show

The Reading-born Wycombe Swimming Club member, who will also race in the 50m Freestyle, wrote on his Instagram account after his selection was confirmed: “It’s been a while…

“But excited to have been selected to represent Team England again at my second Commonwealth Games.

“Birmingham 2022 is going to be one hell of a show.”

Barrett was a member of the gold-medal winning 4x100m Medley Relay Team which set a then Games record in Glasgow – England’s first success in that race since 1950.

Alongside Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty and Adam Brown, the quartet clocked 3:31.51 – with Barrett swimming his butterfly leg in 51.02.

Barrett had already bagged a bronze in the 100m Butterfly in a time of 51.93, while he was also part of the 4x100m Freestyle relay team alongside Brown, James Disney-May and Ben Proud, which finished third behind Australia and South Africa.

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