Olympics: Birthday girl Becky Turner is star of show

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BIRTHDAY girl Becky Turner was the star of the 200 metre freestyle relay team as Great Britain improved on last year’s World Championships in Shanghai by finished fifth last night in the Aquatic Centre.

Turner’s time of 1 minute 57.39 seconds was the quickest of the four as she moved her team through the field. The race was eventually won by the USA.

Turner from Rotherham, who turned 20 yesterday, said the relay was the highlight of her Games, which has included strong performances in the 200m and both 100 and 200m relays.

She told The Star: “It has been a great experience. To be part of this relay and to take part in an Olympic final has been great.

“We’ve all improved since last year. To swim this final was amazing. Hearing everyone cheer and shout for you is great.”

Rotherham’s Joe Roebuck had another near miss as he failed to make the final of the 200m medley. Roebuck, who missed several weeks of training earlier in the year with illness, finished in 11th place with a time of 1.59.57.

Up against the big names of American duo Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh, Roebuck knew he had to produce something special to make the final today and he very nearly did it.

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