Cumbrian swimming star Luke Greenbank is set launch his bid for world success this week.

The Cockermouth favourite will take to the pool in Doha in the World Aquatics Championships.
Greenbank will be in action on Monday in the men's 100m backstroke.

The 26-year-old will be hoping to make his way through to the semi-finals later that day and Tuesday's final.

Greenbank will then go for glory in the 200m backstroke, with the heats and semi-finals next Thursday and the final on Friday.

The Cumbrian, who is a double Olympic medallist, heads into the championships in good form having broken his own British 200m record in December.

Speaking ahead of the competition, British Swimming performance director Chris Spice said: "We are all aware of the unusual challenge that a World Championships in Olympic year could pose - but our swimmers and staff are preparing for Doha as a crucial part of our build-up to Paris and, before that, the British Swimming Championships in April..

"Locking in relay places across the Olympic programme is a key focus, with our relay teams having been so successful in recent years, showing the versatility and depth of this cohort of athletes.

"On top of that, though, this is a great racing opportunity on the world stage and will be a serious test of our swimmers’ preparations and work over the winter months as they will still be in heavy training throughout the meet.”