Bennett is going for gold

Bennett is going for gold

Bennett is going for gold

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RYAN Bennett will be targeting a medal when he gets his British Swimming Championship campaign under way today.

The Chorley ace begins his bid for glory in the 100m backstroke heats this morning with a potential semi-final tonight.

Bennett is also competing in the 200m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly during the championships which run until Tuesday in Glasgow.

It is the 200m backstroke which represents Bennett’s best chance of victory.

The 23-year-old is ranked fifth in the 100m backstroke and second in the 200m which begins on Monday, meaning he has harbours medal prospects in both but especially the latter.

He is ranked sixth in the 100m butterfly and will also compete in the 200m freestyle – although he is not expected to reach the final in that event.

His fellow University of Stirling swimmer Josh Walsh, from Blackburn, will be up against Bennett in the 200m and he has a shot at the podium.

Walsh is ranked fifth in that event, which begins tomorrow, and the 22-year-old will also compete in the 100m freestyle which starts on Saturday.

The championships double up as the England trials for this summer’s Commonwealth Games with both Bennett and Walsh hoping to make the squad.

Meanwhile, Burnley Bobcats teenagers Katie Rennolds and William Murray are also in action.

Rennolds, 15, competes in three events beginning with the 800m freestyle on Sunday before she takes part in the 200m butterfly on Monday and the 400m freestyle on Tuesday.

Fifteen-year-old Murray’s focus is on the 100m freestyle which starts on Saturday.

Blackburn Cenutrions ace Anna Hopkin is also in action competing in the 50m butterfly with her campaign starting on Saturday.

All three face a tough test to get out of the heats.

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