Ellie out to make a splash in Barcelona

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Sheffield swimmer Ellie Faulkner claims she can have the best of both worlds in Barcelona despite making an early exit in the 400m freestyle.

The 20-year-old is making her long course World Championship debut in Spain and took to the pool on Sunday with little expectation of making it through to the final in an unfamiliar event.

That proved the case for the City of Sheffield swimmer who came home in 4:13.18 minutes, 17th overall and some way off British teammate Jazmin Carlin who finished third in the heats with a time of 4:04.85.

But London 2012 Olympian Faulkner, who will be back in action tomorrow in the 200m freestyle, admits it’s all about preparation for her favoured 800m which gets underway on Friday.

“I’m a bit disappointed with the time but obviously it’s just an event that I got the opportunity to swim and it’s almost a bonus,” said Faulkner. “Being able to swim in the first place at the World Championships is a bonus, and also being in one of my main events as well later in the week is a great opportunity in the first place, I’m pleased with how it’s gone altogether.

“It was hard, it was a solid swim but that’s what I was expecting before coming into this meet. A good start off would have been great but it wasn’t to be,” saud Faulkner, who finished 22nd in the 800m at London 2012.

She goes into the 200m tomorrow with nothing to lose. But having tasted the thrill of the Catalonian crowd Faulkner is desperate not to waste her opportunity. “I’ve come here to hopefully make a good job of it,” she added.

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