Trio book their London places

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ROTHERHAM’S Joe Roebuck, Rebecca Turner and Sheffield’s Ellie Faulkner delivered a winning treble last night as they all booked their places on the British team for this summer’s London 2012 Olympics.

Roebuck and Turner roared to victory in the 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle respectively while Faulkner will also go the Games after her third place behind Turner secured her a 4 x 200m relay slot

Turner was a shock winner of the 200m freestyle, arguably the most wide-open event of the entire British Swimming Championships, seeing off former Commonwealth champion Caitlin McClatchey and Jo Jackson in a personal best time of 1:57.65 minutes.

And having booked her place in London, the 19-year-old revealed that her coach at the City of Sheffield squad, Russ Barber, had told her five years ago that she would make the Olympics in London.

“Russ wrote me a plan when I was 14 years old saying what times I would go and I never believed that until now,” she said. “I’ve done them and Russ is doing an amazing job with me and all the Sheffield swimmers.”