'Humiliating' Corrie's Colson Smith never learnt to swim due to cruel 'fat kid' bullying

That, of course, was before Colson lost an incredible 10st in weight after overhauling his lifestyle and diet.

Now he has managed not just to swim but to surpass his personal best in Tuesday’s 50m freestyle, beating it by more than ten seconds.

He started to learn just five weeks before the competition and surprised himself with how quickly he gained abilities.

“Before The Games’ swimming lessons started, I could do a doggy paddle, but I couldn’t swim a length, so we progressed from there,” he added to The Sun.

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