SHEFFIELD’S PONDS FORGE: Swimmers bid for final Olympic places

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With just 37 days to the Olympics, top British talent takes to the pool at Ponds Forge today until Saturday contending for one of the remaining spots on Team GB at the British Gas ASA National Championships.

Swimmers including Rebecca Adlington,double gold medallist at the 2008 Games in Beijing, Jo Jackson and Keri-Anne Payne are among those competing.

Adlington booked her place for London at the trials, the British Championships in March, and is expected to set a 200m freestyle time to put herself into contention for one of the additional relay places in the 4 x 200m freestyle, but has ruled herself out of the individual event at London .

Potential contenders for the remaining place in the 200m freestyle are Olympic 400m bronze medalist Jo Jackson, who qualified for the 400m just behind Adlington at the trials, and Keri-Anne Payne, who won Olympic silver in 2008 in the 10k Marathon swim and a gold medal in the 10k Open Water swim at the 2009 World Championships in Rome. She already has her place at London 2012 for the 10k open water, but will be competing as she continues her Olympic preparations.

Caitlin McClatchey secured the FINA A qualifying time in London and will qualify for the Games should nobody beat her effort of 1:58.07 in Sheffield.

David Carry, 400m bronze medalist in the 2010 Commonwealth Games bids for the remaining position in the men’s 400m freestyle.