Greenbank Talks About Winning the 200 Backstroke for the First Time

The men’s 200 backstroke champion Luke Greenbank expressed his joy after finally winning the event after finishing third in this event at the last two British Championships. Greenbank also discusses how his 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly results earlier in the week gave him confidence in the 200 backstroke and what the next step for him in his young career.


  • British Record – 1:55.58, James Goddard (2010)
  • 1st Place OLY Standard – 1:55.13
  • 2% Consideration – 1:55.91

For many events at the British Trials swimmers have had to put up the swims their lives to qualify for the Olympic team and the 200 backstroke was no different.

Luke Greenbank, who is one of Great Britain’s best young swimmers winning a bronze at the World Championships in Baku in the 100 backstroke, came into the competition with a lifetime best of 1:56.98. Greenbank won the event in a time of 1:57.79, missing the qualifying time of 1:55.13 by almost two seconds.

Xavier Mohammed finished second in a time of 1:58.47 improving on his lifetime best of 1:59.65 that he posted at the Commonwealth Games. Craig McNally finished third in a time of 1:58.63.

Top 8 From Finals:

  1. Luke Greenbank – 1:57.79
  2. Xavier Mohammed – 1:58.47
  3. Craig McNally – 1:58.63
  4. Joseph Patching – 1:58.88
  5. Joseph Hulme – 2:00.73
  6. Brodie Williams – 2:01.30
  7. Elliot Clogg – 2:01.68
  8. Callum Barrett – 2:02.54

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