British backstroke star Luke Greenbank says he’s hoping to harness the momentum of winning World Championship gold as he heads into December’s LEN European Short Course Championships in Glasgow.
Greenbank triumphed in the 4x100m medley relay in Gwangju in July, joining forces with the youthful triumvirate of Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott to topple the formidable USA team by just 0.35 seconds.
The Crewe-born Greenbank also scooped an individual medal in South Korea, swimming a personal best time of 1:55.85 to clinch bronze in the 200m backstroke event.
And with the Short Course Championships now on the horizon, he says he is eager to take the confidence of those dual successes with him into Glasgow.
“I took quite a lot of confidence from both the medals I won in Gwangju, but to go to Glasgow and win on the short course would be absolutely brilliant,” the 22-year-old said.
“I’m really excited for it – I’ve raced in Glasgow before so the crowd there have obviously seen me a few times, but having them behind me will make it a little bit more special.
“Even though it’s a shorter course I’m still approaching the competition in the same way as I would for any other tournament.
“Competing with Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott in the final at those World Championships was an amazing team to be a part of.
“I started off and I knew I just had to get as close as I could to the other teams, but to win the gold in what was an absolutely amazing race was brilliant.
“And in the 200m backstroke I exceeded my own expectations to be honest.
“I was always going into that trying to just make the final, so to come away with a personal best and a medal was amazing.”
Greenbank burst onto the international scene at the age of just 17, winning golds in the 100m and 200m backstroke events at the inaugural 2015 European Games in Baku.
And he further enhanced his ever-growing reputation with silver in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, this time with Peaty, Guy and Ben Proud.
But with a pivotal year ahead, Greenbank insists he’s not getting carried away by his early success and remains hungry to secure selection for Tokyo next summer.
“After the World Championships I had some time off to relax, but I’m back in training now and have had to hit the ground running,” he added.
“I’ve made a really good start and I’m looking to improve for the next year heading into both the short course competition and Tokyo.
“I’m really looking forward to racing in Glasgow, and hopefully if I keep training hard the results will start to come to me.”
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