Swimming: Faulkner is ready for 800m test

Sheffield's Ellie Faulkner competes in the Women's 400m Freestyle Heats in Barcelona. Pic: VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM
Sheffield's Ellie Faulkner competes in the Women's 400m Freestyle Heats in Barcelona. Pic: VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM
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Sheffield’s Ellie Faulkner will use her World Championships experience at 200 metres and 400m to aid her in the 800m later this week in Barcelona.

Ponds Forge-based Faulker, aged 20, is an 800m specialist but competed in the shorter distances as a way of preparing for Friday’s heats.

She said: “It’s been good to get used to the atmosphere since Sunday and get used to everyone swimming, there have been some great swims up until now that I have been involved in,” said Faulkner.

“I definitely want to get a good swim under my belt in the 800m, a final would be great but it’s going to be tough against some of these girls. The 200m and 400m are almost bonus events but I would have loved to have qualified for them as well.”

* Britain’s athletes are funded by UK Sport as the nation’s high performance sports agency responsible for the strategic investment of £355million of National Lottery and Exchequer funding in Olympic and Paralympic sports preparing for Rio 2016. The ambition is to win more medals than in London 2012 while building a stronger more sustainable high performance system.