Max Litchfield

20/09/17 2:49pm

Max Litchfield just missed out on a medal at the Rio Games
Image: Max Litchfield just missed out on a medal at the Rio Games

Swimmer Max Litchfield is fed up on just missing out on podiums and believes being a Sky Sports Scholar can make a huge difference.

The 22-year-old English star revealed he was "over the moon" and "honoured" to have been chosen ahead of many other world class athletes.

"Looking back at the last set of Scholars and what they have achieved in their careers it is a huge boost for my confidence," said Litchfield who is based in Sheffield.

"I'm hoping that being on the program I can go on to win medals and make the podium on the world stage!

"My greatest achievement so far has to be my Olympic debut in Rio. I was an underdog and I swam a PB in the heats and the final to finish fourth in the 400IM.

TOP FACTS

1) Born: 4 March 1995, Sheffield
2) Fourth at 2016 Rio Olympics in 400m IM final
3) Second at 2016 World Short Course Championships

"Although this wasn't my fastest ever swim, I still feel it's my best. It was fourth again at this year's World Championships in the 200 and 400m medley, breaking British and Commonwealth records.

"This fourth place curse is something I need to break over the coming years! Hopefully with the expert help on the Sky program and the experience of the mentors and other staff I will be able to develop my skills and expertise.

"I'm also hoping to understand my event and sport as well as other sports more clearly. This will allow me to achieve my goals as a Scholar and an athlete.

"I want to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, and as a Scholar I would love to develop a plethora of skills that will help me with career opportunities after my swimming career."