Swimming: Becky and Ellie set to fight it out for glory over 200 metres

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City of Sheffield teammates Rebecca Turner and Ellie Faulkner will battle it out tonight at Ponds Forge for a chance of making Great Britain’s World Championship squad in the 200 metres freestyle.

The pair dominated the heats and semi-finals yesterday in the British Championships to record the fastest two times.

Ellie Faulkner in the women's 800m freestyle final yesterday at Ponds Forge. Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Ellie Faulkner in the women's 800m freestyle final yesterday at Ponds Forge. Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Turner’s 1:59.08 minutes was almost half a second quicker than Faulkner, who in turn edged out Edinburgh’s Caitlin McClatchey by a tenth of a second.

Turner, aged 20, from Rotherham is the reigning British champion and represented Team GB at the Olympic Games last summer in London.

But Faulkner, also 20, is in excellent form too and has already achieved the World Championship qualifying time in the 800m. Both will be aiming to better 1:57.8, which may be needed in itself to win the race.

Day three of the Championships, featuring a host of other Sheffield-based swimmers, began at 9.15am this morning with the heats. The finals start at 5.40pm.

This morning Sheffield’s Lewis Coleman qualified for the semi-finals of the 200m IM with a time of 2:04.86. Rotherham’s Joe Roebuck was 11th fastest.

And Sheffield’s David Gregory made it through to the semis of the 50m backstroke with 26.39 seconds.

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