‘Proud’ Turner misses hat-trick

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SHEFFIELD youngster Rebecca Turner brought the curtain down on her British Swimming Championships with a sixth-place finish in the 50m freestyle final on Saturday.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a week to remember at the London Aquatics Centre, winning the 200m freestyle to book her Olympic ticket, while also securing a 2012 relay berth in the 100m.

The City of Sheffield youngster couldn’t make it a hat-trick by medalling in the splash and dash, clocking 25.88 as Fran Halsall and Amy Smith finished first and second respectively in a repeat of the 100m final.

And while Smith had hoped for an individual Olympic berth in more than one event, her coach Russ Barber insists she can be proud of herself.

“I’m so happy because Becky has committed so much time and effort,” he said.

“My theory has always been you need to train above the level you go to so when you get there it isn’t difficult and they aren’t phased by it because I have thrown so much at them.

“Becky went up to train with Hannah Miley for five days and got a lot of personal satisfaction and pride to go up against one of the best swimmers in the world and it gave her the confidence.

“I always knew that Becky had a chance, certainly making the team in the four by one and the four by one.”

On the final night fellow City of Sheffield swimmer Thomas Sunter was seventh in the 1500m freestyle.

England’s Daniel Fogg got the better of Welshman David Davies to claim gold, with Sunter touching home in 15:27.65 minutes.

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