Rotherham’s Becky Turner and Joe Roebuck happy with form as Olympics edge ever nearer

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ROTHERHAM’S Becky Turner and Joe Roebuck declared themselves pleased with their performances last night at Ponds Forge in the British Gas ASA National Championships at Ponds Forge.

The pair have already qualified for the Olympic Games in London next month, but Turner from Wickersley and Roebuck from Rawmarsh both put in creditable displays in events that aren’t their speciality.

Turner finished third in the 100 metre freestyle behind winner Amy Smith.

She said: “I’m pleased with that. It’s good to do a mixture of everything (races). I’ve got the 400m on Saturday, which will be good aerobic work. I’ve got two or three more weeks of hard work and then it’s resting down for London. It’s all exciting; it’s coming around very fast.”

Roebuck, who considers the 200m indivdual medlay as his best event, didn’t pick up a medal in the 100m butterfly, a race won by Antony James, but he said it was a good work out.

“I enjoyed that. It was a fun race and it gives me a good measure of where I am right now. Unfortunately I had a bit of a set back with training when I had gastroenteritis.

“Considering that, I’m pretty pleased with getting a 53.86 seconds time. I’ll get back on some hard work now and then rest down.”

In the other races there was delight for Chris Walker-Hebborn and Marco Loughran as they qualified for the Olympic Games in the 200m backstroke. However, Molly Renshaw just missed out of securing a spot on the team in the 200m breaststroke.

Today Turner is back in action in the 50m freestyle while Sheffield’s Ellie Faulkner will go up against double-Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington in the 800m freestyle.