CREWE-born swimmer Luke Greenbank admits he had to pinch himself in amazement after claiming two medals at the Youth Olympic Games.
Fresh from claiming 200m backstroke gold at the European Junior Championships earlier this year, the major international competitions kept on coming for Greenbank as he spent last week in Nanjing competing in the second summer Youth Olympic Games.
But despite his packed schedule the 17-year-old showed no signs of fatigue as he helped Great Britain claim men’s 4x100m freestyle relay gold last Tuesday.
Greenbank was not done there, returning to the pool three days later to pick up 200m backstroke bronze, touching home in 1mins 59.03secs.
And the teenager could not believe his luck after ending his time in China with two pieces of silverware to show for his efforts.
“The 200m backstroke final was a really good race and I am really pleased with the bronze medal,” he said.
“It was a second off my personal best but I am delighted to be leaving the Youth Olympic Games with an individual medal.
“This is a great way to finish my individual season. It has been a long season and I am exhausted now but this makes it all worth it.
“The competition has been great. There was a very strong field but I still got a couple of personal bests and two medals so I am really pleased.
“It was a new experience competing against people you don’t normally and I have learned a lot. I will take this experience away and hopefully build on it next season.”
Despite winning 200m backstroke bronze Greenbank had no time to celebrate as he returned to the pool a matter of minutes later for the mixed 4x100m medley.
But try as he might Greenbank could not claim a third relay medal as the quartet came home sixth in 3mins 58.80secs.
“I think we are all really tired and that was why we were down in sixth,” added Greenbank, who also finished sixth in the 100m backstroke final and failed to reach the 100m butterfly showpiece.
“We would have liked to have been faster but it is a really strong field and it is the final swim of the meet and a really long season so we can’t complain.”
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