Olympics swimming: Rotherham’s Rebecca Turner looks ahead to relay

Great Britain's Rebecca Turner competes in the Women's 200m Freestyle Heats at the Aquatics Centre. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Great Britain's Rebecca Turner competes in the Women's 200m Freestyle Heats at the Aquatics Centre. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
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ROTHERHAM’S Rebecca Turner failed to deliver on her Olympic ambition but insisted she was still upbeat about her final swim at the Games.

Turner missed her goal of a 200m freestyle semi-final place by just two hundredths of a second.

She clocked 1:58.98, slower than her comparative heats swim at the British Championships earlier this year, to finish 17th in qualifying with only the top 16 progressing to a second swim.

It left Turner, who celebrates her 20th birthday on Wednesday, rueing what might have been.

“It was certainly not my best race but I can’t dwell on it, I’ve got to keep looking forward,” she said.

“I wanted to make the semi-finals, that was my first target, and to come so close is very disappointing and frustrating.

“Nothing went particularly wrong, it was just wasn’t really my day.

“We’ve all been training so hard and preparation couldn’t have been better, so that makes it much disappointing.”

Turner had some of swimming’s big names in her heat, including world champions Missy Franklin and Federica Pellegrini but she insisted she wasn’t overawed by them or the 18,000 British fans screaming her name.

“It’s fantastic to be in a call room with swimmers like that and see how they prepare but I just tried to focus on my own race,” she said.

“The crowd was brilliant. I don’t think there was too much pressure from them, I loved having them shout my name, it was deafening.”

Turner will now focus her attention on Wednesday’s 4x200m freestyle relay, which is considered Britain’s best chance of relay success at these Games, with a quartet including double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington, Beijing bronze medallist Jo Jackson and former double Commonwealth champion Caitlin McClatchey.

And Turner admitted Adlington’s 400m freestyle bronze - the first Team GB swimming medal of the Games - has given the whole team a boost, as they look to upgrade their sixth place at last year’s World Championships in Shanghai.

“I was sat in the village cheering my heart out,” she added “Becky is such an inspiration and no-one deserves success more than her.

“We’ve all looking forward to the relay now, it’s going to be tough but we hope to use that crowd support to our advantage.”

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