ROTHERHAM swimmer Joe Roebuck admitted his Olympic ambitions had suffered a blow after he crashed out of the 200m medley heats at the World Championships in China.
Shanghai represented the perfect dress rehearsal for Roebuck to test out his 2012 tactics but the 26-year-old has not matched up to the form that claimed two Commonwealth silvers and a European bronze last year and 24 hours after bowing out of the 200m butterfly heats on Tuesday, he suffered the same fate in the medley, 0.43 secs shy of a semi-final spot.
Roebuck’s talent isn’t in doubt, with his recent lifetime best the fourth-quickest in the world this year, but he’s struggling to put his finger on what’s going wrong in the Far East.
“We came here to make the final in the 200m medley to put us in a really good position for next year,” said Roebuck.
“But I’m over two seconds slower than in the trials in March which is really disappointing. The first 100m was good but the second 100m was really tough.
“Maybe I over-revved a little bit going out and I’ll have to look at the splits. I’ll have to talk to my coach and see where it went wrong and fix things for next time. I know I’m faster and better than that.”
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