City of Sheffield swimmer Ellie Faulkner makes her Olympics debut - and looks forward to her main event

Ellie Faulkner after the Women's 200m freestyle heat on the third day of the Rio Olympics. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Ellie Faulkner after the Women's 200m freestyle heat on the third day of the Rio Olympics. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
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Ellie Faulkner knows bigger tests are to come after making her Rio 2016 Olympic Games bowy.

The City of Sheffield swimmer was one of two Brits – the other being Georgia Coates – to compete in the heats of the women’s 200m freestyle at the Rio Olympic Aquatics Centre.

Drawn in lane eight, Faulkner was certainly up against it with America’s Katie Ledecky, winner of 400m freestyle gold the previous night, predicted to push the pace in the race.

This was the way it proved with Ledecky coming home over five seconds clear of Faulkner who could only manage a time of 2:00.51 minutes in eighth place.

That was also slower than Coates’ heat swim which was 27th fastest overall, five places better than Faulkner. But with her main event being the 4x200m relay on Wednesday, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Faulkner was in reflective mood.

“I felt quite good going in but I guess 200m is not my main event here, it’s the 4x200m relay and I’ve got to pick myself up and bring myself out,” she said.

“I did exactly the same at Europeans. If I can get in there and give it a good bash in the relay, that will be good.

“At the end of the day, I’ve got it in me so I’ve just got to bring it for the relay in two days time.

“I just need to stick to my race strategy for the relay. I’m not really sure of my race splits from the 200m yet but hopefully my coach will look at those and I’ll get some feedback and figure out where is the best approach.”

Faulkner was in action in the pool just over 12 hours after Adam Peaty kicked off a successful night of British swimming, lowering his own world record to win 100m breaststroke gold in stunning style before Jazz Carlin then followed up with 400m freestyle silver.

And the Sheffield swimmer, who was following it from her room back in the athlete’s village, admitted the whole team had been boosted by the results.

“It was pretty incredible last night. I was sat back in the room watching it all. You could just see it was immense, the atmosphere and everything,” she added.

“I’m gutted I had to miss it but preparations are key and you have to think about that sometimes rather than those who are going in the pool.”

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