Bronze medal for Matthew Johnson at National Swimming Championships

THORNHILL swimmer Matthew Johnson produced a superb effort to register a personal best and win a bronze medal in the 400 metres Individual Medley at the National Swimming Championships.

Sunday, 4th March 2012, 2:21 pm

Matthew just missed out on qualifying for this summer’s Olympic Games in London as Loughborough’s Roberto Pavoni won the final in four minutes 12.43 seconds with team-mate Joe Roebuck taking the other Olympic place, finishing second in 4.14.48.

Matthew clocked a personal best of 4.16.53 to finish third, just eight one hundredths of a second outside the Olympic qualifying time.

The former Spen Valley Sports College student will hope for more success this week in the 200m individual medley and the 1,500m freestyle.

Log on here to follow the progress of Matthew and Thornhill’s Kate Hutchinson, a former Heckmondwike Grammar School student, throughout the week-long championships.