Rebecca Adlington last night added a possible relay swim to her two Olympic title defences on a night at Ponds Forge which saw David Carry close to tears after booking a spot on the Great Britain team for his third Games.
Adlington overhauled Rotherham’s Rebecca Turner in the final 25 metres to claim the 200 metres freestyle title at the British Gas ASA National Championships which double as the final Olympic selection meet to win in one minute 58.68 seconds.
While Turner had already qualified for both the individual event and the 4x200m relay in the first trials at the Aquatics Centre in March, Adlington’s effort earned her a relay spot along with Lucy Ellis who finished third. Adlington was, however, philosophical about the prospect of being part of the quartet given the demands of her 400m and 800m freestyle defences.
And the Nova Centurion swimmer - along with Caitlin McClatchey - was rested for the relay heats in Beijing where Great Britain, who had been predicted to challenge, failed to reach the final.
Adlington said: “I’d love to be part of that relay but I have got my individual races to concentrate on. At the Olympics they will probably swim the fastest four in the heats. We have no choice if we are to make the final.”
Meanwhile Carry was highly emotional after setting a new personal best of 3:46.86 to claim the second 400m freestyle slot alongside Robbie Renwick. It will be the Scot’s third Games where he will join fiancee Keri-anne Payne.
The former double Commonwealth champion was almost in tears and had to be led away before returning to speak. He said: “This season has been really tricky - I’ve had an injury and other things going on. So to come back to swim like that is incredible.”