Readers have been throwing their support behind an Olympian swimmer who was taught in west Cumbria after his recent progression in the 2020 Tokyo games.

Luke Greenbank, who started his swimming career at Cockermouth Swimming Club, progressed to the semi-finals of the 200 meter backstroke at the Olympics.

Swimming in lane four, Greenbank returned a time of 1:54.63, which was the fastest in all four heats.

Top seed Evgeny Rylov also sailed through winning his heat in a time of 1:56.02 with the USA's Ryan Murphy, also highly fancied in this event, sealing a semi-final berth in 1:56.92, winning heat three.

Here's what you, the readers, had to say.

Jane Laidlow said: "Fantastic Luke."

Helen Downey echoed Jane's message of encouragement, adding: "Awesome Luke. Keep it up."

Judith Wilson said: "Well done Luke."

Helen Ford expressed her hope for Luke in his upcoming race, saying: "Fantastic Luke, [fingers crossed] for the next swim."

Gillian Beck and Sharon Bryden both shared the same message for the Olympian, saying: "Well done Luke."

Another Olympian with a Cumbrian connection is Lauren Smith, who played in yesterday's badminton mixed doubles quarter final.

Lauren, from Longtown, and her mixed doubles partner, Marcus Ellis, fell short when they came up against Hong Kong pair, Tse Ying Suet and Tang Chun Man.

The Team GB pair lost 21-13 and 21-18.