New national record for teenage swimmer Elliot Clogg

SWIMMING SENSATION -- Mansfield teenager Elliot Clogg.
SWIMMING SENSATION -- Mansfield teenager Elliot Clogg.

Teenage Mansfield swimmer Elliot Clogg enhanced his growing reputation with another superb performance on the international stage.

The inaugural Manchester International Swim Meet attracted a strong turnout of British stars, who took to the pool in pursuit of £10,000 worth of prize money and also to boost their preparations for the upcoming European Championships and 2016 Olympic Games trials.

The stars included household names such as Fran Halsall, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Hannah Miley, Ben Proud, Liam Tancock and Nick Grainger, who produced a wave of solid, short-course times in the first two sessions of the event.

However, it was 15-year-old Elliot who really wowed the packed crowd at the Manchester pool, registering a new British junior national record in the 100m backstroke. The Meden Academy student clocked a jaw-dropping time of 54.89 seconds to follow up previous long-course records he set in the 100m backstroke and freestyle at the European Youth Olympics in Tblisi, Georgia during the summer and in the 100m freestyle at the Yorkshire ASA Winter Championships earlier in the year.

The Youth Olympics enabled Elliot to fulfil a lifelong dream to represent his country. He is currently a member of the City of Sheffield’s high-performance squad under the expert guidance of coach Mike Taylor. But he also owes a lot to the Mansfield-based Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club, with whom he started swimming at the age of six and quickly progressed to the Nottinghamshire Nova Centurion county team.