So near yet so far for Rotherham Olympian swimmers

So close: Joe Roebuck after finishing seventh in his Men's 200m butterfly heat.                    Picture: tony marshall/pa
So close: Joe Roebuck after finishing seventh in his Men's 200m butterfly heat. Picture: tony marshall/pa
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THE difference between success and glory at the Olympics was never more clearly demonstrated by the fate of Rotherham swimmers Rebecca Turner and Joe Roebuck.

Both missed out on a place in their respective semi-finals by the merest of margins - just two one hundreths of a second.

Turner was the first to suffer as she just failed in the 200m freestyle and she was swiftly followed by Roebuck in the 200m butterfly heats. Both ended the heats stage in 17th place, agonisgly close to the top 16 and swim last night in the semi-finals. Roebuck said he was frustrated, but looking forward to his main event - the 200m medley - tomorrow: “I’ve got a couple more days rest now before the 200m IM which has been my main focus for this Games. I wanted to come here and swim a few PBs and that hasn’t quite gone for me so far.”

Turner is part of the strong British 200m relay squad tomorrow but is disappointed with her times in the individual event: “We’ve all been trying so hard, it just wasn’t my day, I was hoping to swim faster,” she said.

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