‘It’s tough, so close and yet so far’: Max Litchfield expresses pain as he again finished fourth in the 400m individual medley, missing out on the medal by a quarter of a second
Max Litchfield had to hold back tears as he explained his pain as he finished fourth in the 400m individual medley for the second consecutive Olympics.
The 26-year-old was less than a quarter of a second away from winning what would have been Team GB’s first medal at Tokyo 2020.
“It’s tough, so close and yet so far,” said an emotional Litchfield. “I don’t think there was too much wrong with it, just little things. I’ve done everything I could for the past five years. It just wasn’t enough.’
Max Litchfield was frustrated when he missed out on the medal by a quarter of a second
American Chase Kalisz managed to win the gold medal ahead of his teammate Jay Litherland
American Chase Kalisz won gold ahead of his teammate Jay Litherland. Litchfield was fourth with Hungarian David Verraszto, 0.21 seconds behind Australian Brendon Smith, who claimed the bronze.
Litchfield, whose younger brother Joe swims in the 200m individual medley, has vowed to come back stronger for Paris 2024. “That was the case after fourth place in Rio and it is even more so this time,” he added.
In the women’s 400m individual medley final, a tearful Aimee Willmott came home seventh in what is her third and final Games. “It’s not sad tears, it’s overcoming emotions,” the 28-year-old insisted.
“I just wanted to go out and enjoy and it was so much fun. I finished seventh last time and I finished seventh again, so I can’t really be too cranky. The most important thing for me was that I came back.’
Litchfield, who finished fourth, has vowed to come back stronger for the 2024 Olympics in Paris
In the women’s 400m individual medley final, Aimee Willmott finished seventh in her Games final
Team GB’s 4×100 women’s freestyle relay quartet set a new national record, finishing fifth, while Australia won with a new world record. Anna Hopkin, who swam a personal best in the opening race, said: ‘To set the best time as a relay team, we couldn’t have done much more.
“As this is only the third or fourth time we have raced as these four together, it will be interesting to see how far we can go.”
Great Britain were bombed out of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay for the final after their gamble of resting star swimmers Duncan Scott and Tom Dean backfired.