Olympic swimmer Tancock splashes down in Aylesbury

Liam Tancock
Liam Tancock

Olympic favourite coming to spiritual home of the Paralympics today (Sunday).

British Olympic swimmer and world record holder Liam Tancock is coming to Stoke Mandeville’s Guttmann Stadium today from 2pm-5pm to do a backstroke masterclass with Aylesbury and District Swimming Club.

Tancock, who specialises in the 50m and 100m events and holds the world record in the 50m backstroke, has become a three-time world champion and a five-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

The star was a fans’ favourite as he charmed the watching millions at the London 2012 Olympic Games with his wit in interviews and determined attitude.

This year, the Exeter man achieved the World Championships qualifying time, but the team coach only chose swimmers he felt had a chance of being at the Rio 2016 Olympics. As a result of the 50m backstroke not being an event at the Olympics, Tancock was not selected for the team.

Determined to make the Games in just over two years’ time, Tancock is reportedly pushing around his coach’s car to improve his stamina and make the grade for the 100m.