OLYMPICS: Ellie Faulkner looks ahead to Rio Olympics

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SHEFFIELD’S Ellie Faulkner struggled to hide her disappointment after she went out of the 800m Olympic freestyle heats yesterday.

The 19-year-old Faulkner appeared in the water on Wednesday, swimming a strong leg in the semi-finals of the women’s 4x200m relay but she had a long wait before her individual event.

And that long wait before making her Olympic bow did not appear to help the former European Junior gold medallist as she struggled in her heat, finishing sixth in a time of 8.38.00minutes.

That time is more than ten seconds slower than her personal best and Faulkner admitted she was struggling to explain what had gone wrong.

“It was a hard tough swim,” she said. “It was a great experience and I did as best as I possibly could but my time just wasn’t there.

“I’m looking onwards to Rio 2016, that’s where I want to be at my best.”

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