Success for Manfred at Summer National Championships 2017
Manfreds second week of Competition brought us back to Sheffield for the English National Championships 2017
His first swim was 50m Free in which he went into the heat ranked 17th with an entry time of 26.13, he did a great pb of 25.67 placing him 4th into the Final where he produced another pb finishing again in 4th with a 25.33.
The next day was his 50m Backstroke, entering the heat with a time of 29.59 , another pb of 28.96 in the heat placed him 4th, in the Final Manfred did yet another pb 28.77 finishing 6th.
Then came the event Manfred was not looking forward to the 200m Butterfly , however Manfred rose to the challenge swimming yet another pb of over 1 .5 secs finishing in 7th with a time of 2.19.29, Manfred decided he was happy with this time so chose not to swim it again in the Final but to save his enegy for the 50m Butterfly the next day. This proved to be the correct decision especially as by now Manfred was getting tired it was now 12 days since he had first swam at the British Championships.
The start sheet for the 15 yr olds 50 Fly showed some very close racing with only .22 of a second between the fastest to slowest so a perfect start and fast transisision where crucial. Manfred finished his heat ranked 1st with another pb of .4 of a second 27.29. The Final was very exciting and of course nerve racking as we had seen so many good performances over the last 2 weeks from Manfred but no Medals. This was his last chance, and he took it, storming the closely fought final into 3rd position in yet another pb of 27.08 a fantastic achievement and so deserving of a Bronze Medal.
Manfred works so hard in training and I am so pleased that he has had so much success over the past 2 weeks at both the British Championships and National Championships, he qualified by Invitation in a total of 7 events, from which he qualified for finals in 5 events, swam a total of 11 events and achieved a total of 10 personal best times. I am obviously very proud of Manfreds achievements and hope that the younger members of the club will be inspired by his brilliant performances.