Commonwealth Games glory bid for swimmer James Wilby

James Wilby

James Wilby

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STRENSALL swimmer James Wilby is counting down the hours to the Commonwealth Games.

The 20-year-old City of York Baths Club star is one of the 39-strong England team going for glory at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow next week.

Already ensconced with his teammates in their holding camp in London before travelling to Scotland for the games, Wilby reported he is in good form ahead of a busy few days of action.

The Loughborough University student, who is taking part in his first international event, is competing in three events - the 50 metres, 100m and 200m breaststroke.

He will be in the pool in the first session of the games in the 200m, on Thursday, July 24, returning hopefully that evening for the final of the event.

The heats for the 100m breaststroke start at in the morning the following day, with the semi-finals getting under way in the evening session.

The final is held on Saturday evening and Wilby's busy schedule continues the following day with 50m heats the first event at 10.30am followed at 7pm by the semi-finals.

Should he qualify, his games would conclude on Monday evening with the 50m breaststroke final.

That's a lot of action but Wilby, who clocked a string of personal best performances on his way to the final of the 200m and 100m at the British Gas National Championships, which doubled as trials for the Commonwealth Games, in April is not concerned.

"It's great to be in a lot of events," he said. "Great to have the competition and getting that experience. It is something I am looking forward to. It's not something I can't do.

"I did it at the British Championship, where I had seven or eight swims over the course of three or four days so it is not something I am worried about."

Packed crowds are expected at every session of the Glasgow games and, while Wilby admitted he would be slightly nervous before getting under way, he is determined to relish the experience.

He added: "I have been told by many people that it is an exciting adrenalin rush. There will be lots of crowd backing and a lot of people will be watching on TV but it is something not to try to think too much about.

"I am going to really try and enjoy the experience. This year has been my breakthrough season on the international stage and this is going to increase my international exposure.

"I see this as a big platform to go from and it's definitely a platform towards the Olympics in two years time. I feel generally confident.

"When you look at times, I have done what I have needed to do and have started to swim quickly.

"Getting to finals would be great. This is my first major international and that's definitely the goal. It would be great to do that in the 200, which is my main event."

 

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