Joe ready to take the next step

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ROTHERHAM swimmer Joe Roebuck insists it is high time he starts becoming the bride having spent the past 12 months, and more, being nothing but the bridesmaid.

The 25-year-old set himself up for a breakthrough year in 2010 by claiming 200m and 400m medley silver as well as 200m butterfly bronze at the British Gas Championships.

That saw him book a trip to the European Championships in Budapest where he left with 200m medley bronze as well as the Commonwealth Games in October, where he claimed two medley silvers.

Roebuck’s trend of falling one step short of the top of the podium continued at March’s British Gas Championships, where he collected silver in both medleys again and the 200m butterfly.

That was still good enough to secure him swims in all three events at July’s World Championships in Shanghai but having finished as a runner-up seven times since last spring he is determined to readdress the balance.

“Everything is going well and I think I will go into these World Championships with a different mentality than I went with to the last ones, where I was making my debut,” said Roebuck.

“Every year and every cycle you reset the goalposts and expectations have got bigger and bigger and I have just been moved down to fourth from third in the world rankings in the 200m medley.

“I definitely want to be in the finals and in the mix and racing those top guys now.”

n The nation’s leading energy supplier British Gas is the principal partner of British Swimming, and is supporting the sport at all levels, from grass roots to our elite athletes. Visit www.britishgas.co.uk/swimming

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