Lancaster swimmer part of Olympic history

Lancaster and Great Britain's Rob Bale during the Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final at the Aquatics Centre. Picture: PA
Lancaster and Great Britain's Rob Bale during the Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final at the Aquatics Centre. Picture: PA

A LANCASTER swimmer was part of sporting history on Tuesday night as he competed in the race that saw Michael Phelps become the most decorated Olympian of all time.

Former Carnforth Otter Rob Bale was part of Team GB’s 4x200m freestyle relay team that finished sixth in a final won by the United States, with Phelps picking up his 15th gold medal, taking him to a record 19 in all.

Bale, now based in Stirling, Scotland for training but whose family home is Stanmore Drive, Lancaster swam the third leg in a creditable performance from the British relay squad, also made up of Robbie Renwick, Ieuan Lloyd and Ross Davenport.

The 22-year-old had impressed earlier in the day in the heats as the team qualified fifth fastest for the final.