SWIMMING: St Bart’s pupil James McFadzen is a four-star champion after an outstanding performance at the ASA British Summer Championships at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.
He became British champion in four events with a clean-sweep of the backstroke distances.
Now training with Wycombe District Swimming Club, McFadzen qualified for seven individual events in the week-long competition, going through the qualifying heats and into the finals.
He opened his campaign on day two of the event with a gold in the 200 metres backstroke in a new personal best and went on to add to his golden haul in the 200m individual nedley and then via a very fast 50m backstroke in which he broke an eight-year South East Regional record in 27.24 seconds.
On day three he qualified for the final of the 100m breaststroke in a one-second personal best to finish fifth, and he also o lowered his best in the 50m butterfly by a second, finishing just 0.3 seconds outside the final in 14th place.
The fourth day of competition saw him qualify fastest for the finals of the 200m breaststroke and 100m backstroke, both with big PB displays, and in an exciting final, he again lowered his time when touched in bronze position in the 200m breaststroke.
With just an hour’s rest, it was a tough challenge to recover for the next final but in a tight race, he powered through in another personal best time to win the 100m backstroke.
The final day of competition saw him lead off the Wycombe team to win bronze in the 400m medley relay, only to be disqualified for a faulty take over.
McFadzen’s medal haul helped Wycombe to finish fifth in the overall men’s medal table, the club’s best-ever performance.