Swimmer Profile – Joe Litchfield – LEN


A strong British team will contest the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, featuring four recently-crowned world champions. Here’s our one-stop-shop for getting to know your home heroes that will descend on Tollcross and compete for medals with Europe’s best. Freya Anderson: a Scouse sensation whose inexorable rise shows no signs of slowing. IG – […]
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Joe Litchfield

Swimmer Profile – Joe Litchfield

He’s not the only member of his family competing in the British team but Joe Litchfield will be eager to make a name for himself at the LEN European Short Course Championships next month.

Joe and his brother Max will make up one ninth of the home contingent in Scotland, with Max representing the senior of the duo but his younger brother is no stranger to the big stage.

The 21-year-old prodigy first emerged into the spotlight after winning gold in the 400m Individual Medley at the British Swimming Championships in London in 2015, securing his place at the inaugural European Games in Baku later that year.

And in Azerbaijan Litchfield scooped silver in the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay, also competing in the 100m and 200m Backstroke as well as the 200m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley.

Despite not medalling in all the events the Pontefract-born star’s journey had begun, following in the footsteps of his 24-year-old brother who won finished fourth in Rio in the 400m Individual Medley.

Litchfield then went on to claim a staggering four silver medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2015 in Samoa, capping off a remarkable breakthrough year for the burgeoning star.

And he then secured bronze at the 2017 World University Games, representing Sheffield Hallam in Taipei and taking the student swimming world by storm.

Since then he’s competed on the Gold Coast in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, placing sixth in the 400m Individual Medley and gaining valuable international experience that will invariably serve him well in the Scottish pool next month.

And he touched the wall in Australia in an impressive four minutes 19.41 seconds, an appreciable achievement for a mere 19-year-old at one of his maiden major events at senior level.

So, as he prepares for Glasgow next month, the up and coming talent appears well-placed to build even further on his already-notable success.

Follow Joe on social

Twitter – @joelitchfield

Instagram – @joelitchfield_

Short Course Personal Bests

200m Freestyle – 1:46.50

100m Butterfly – 51.19

200m Butterfly – 1:56.20

200m Individual Medley – 1:55.67

400m Freestyle – 3:52.02

400m Individual Medley – 4:12.82

Fun fact – Joe says his ultimate sporting ambition is to be at the same Olympics – and in the same race – as his older brother Max.