Litchfield booked his ticket to Budapest after winning gold in both the 200m and 400m IM.
In the 400m IM Litchfield set a new British record and personal best with a time of 4:10.63, automatically securing his qualification. Litchfield shaved a second off his 4:11.62 time from Rio where he placed fourth.
“It couldn’t have gone much better from my perspective. The aim was to qualify for the 400m IM so to do that and have the bonus of swimming well on my other events is very promising.”
Litchfield’s time has him currently ranked fourth in the world, with Hungarian David Verraszto the fastest this year with his 4:10.01 swim at the Marseille meet in the 2017 FFN Golden Tour.
Litchfield secured the double IM with a gold in the 200m IM (1:58.10) which he will also compete in at Budapest. He also won bronze in the 400m free (3:46.20) and came fifth in the 200m free (1:47.50) to cap off a great meet at home in front of his family.
“The crowd were awesome all week long and I couldn’t have asked for better support from them. The Litchfields were there all week with my mum, dad and sister supporting through every race. It’s awesome to have my Funky Trunks APEX suit to race in and of course the brightest, craziest trunks in the warm up pool.”
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