Joe glad he didn’t turn his back on Olympic dream

Medal hunter: Joe Roebuck wins gold in 200m butterfly at the trials.   Pic: VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM
Medal hunter: Joe Roebuck wins gold in 200m butterfly at the trials. Pic: VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM
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FOUR years ago Joe Roebuck’s did not know whether to quit or carry on his career – and having chosen the latter he insists justice has been done.

The Rotherham man took 400m medley bronze and 200m butterfly silver at the Beijing Olympic trials in 2008 – however his efforts in Sheffield weren’t good enough to earn selection. Even before taking to the Ponds Forge pool, Roebuck anticipated he might call time on his career if all did not go to plan however he carried on. And well before securing a place at this summer’s Olympics in the 200m and 400m medley and 200m butterfly at the British Gas Championships, Roebuck’s determination not to miss out on London was clear.

He made his World Championship debut in Rome in 2009 and claimed European bronze and double Commonwealth silver a year later.

Gold in the 200m medley and 200m butterfly at March’s Olympic trials proved Roebuck’s decision to prolong his career was worth it .

“It’s satisfying to have stuck around for four years and come back stronger than I was in 2008 because it was a really big blow to miss out on Beijing” said Roebuck, 26. What made it harder was that I had attained the qualifying times but I didn’t end up going out to Beijing which hurt.

“I have been with my coach Ian Armiger for eight years so it feels good to give it back to him and my parents. I’ve justified myself and am elated. I did think about quitting. Probably even before I went to the trials in 2008, I thought if I didn’t qualify that I would end it but it left such a bitter taste in my mouth.

“I knew I could come back stronger have done that over the last four years.

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