Many people find it difficult to balance studies with personal commitments but a University of Manchester law student has managed to do just that after defeating the world’s greatest swimmer Michael Phelps.
Would-be lawyer Michael Rock stormed to victory over Phelps, the fourteen-time Olympic gold medal holder, in a race between America and Europe – held just minutes down the road from where he studies at the School of Law.
The 22-year-old said: “It was an honour to be in the same pool as Michael Phelps. He’s the greatest swimmer of our generation.”
The swimmer managed to secure his win in one minute, 51.46 seconds leaving Phelps trailing behind.
Rock was not alone in the race as he was egged on by five Manchester University friends dressed in white t-shirts with Rocky written across them.
He said: “I’m in the final year of my law degree at Manchester so I’ve got to try and fit my swimming around that. But I also want success in my swimming. That’s why I train for around 24-hours a week.”
Rock has not yet managed to secure a training contract yet but he said that a stint of work experience at New Bailey Buildings in Liverpool ignited his interest in a career in law.
“I’m enjoying my studies but I have to concentrate on the big competitions I have coming up such as the Commonwealth Games and the 2012 Olympics but going into the legal profession really interests me,” he explained.