Adlington earns relay spot in Sheffield

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Rebecca Adlington was philosophical about the prospect of being part of the 4x200 metres freestyle relay squad at the London Olympics after adding a third event to her programme with victory in the 200m freestyle at the British Gas ASA National Championships in Sheffield last night.

The double Olympic champion overhauled Rebecca Turner in the final 25 metres to claim the title in one minute 58.68 seconds at the Ponds Forge event, which doubles as the final Olympic selection meet.

While Turner had already qualified for both the individual event and the relay in the first trials at the Aquatics Centre in March, Adlington’s effort earned her a relay spot along with Lucy Ellis, who finished third.

The Nova Centurion swimmer already has the demands of her attempted 400m and 800m freestyle defences and she, along with Caitlin McClatchey, was rested in the heats four years ago when the quartet, who were expected to be medal contenders, failed to reach the final.

Adlington said: “I’d love to be part of that relay but I have got my individual races to concentrate on.

“I think at the Olympics they will probably swim the fastest four in the heats.

“We have no choice if we are to make the final.

“We’ve made some mistakes in the 4x2 before by swimming different swimmers and resting the good swimmers but I think rightly so we put the fastest four in.

“If they want to include me in the heat then brilliant, if not I think they need to swim the fastest four, so we’ll see what their decision is and what they are going to do with that.”

Turner is still the only individual entrant although former Commonwealth champion McClatchey - who withdrew through illness - will be considered after swimming the required time in March.

David Carry was highly emotional after setting a new personal best of 3:46.86 to claim the second 400m freestyle slot alongside Robbie Renwick.

It will be the Scot’s third Games, where he will join fiancee Keri-anne Payne, the world open water champion.

The former double Commonwealth champion was almost in tears and had to be led away before returning to speak.

He said: “I’ve never been so emotional after a race before.

This season more than any has been really quite tricky for me - I’ve had an injury and other things going on.

“So to come back to swim like that is just really incredible.

“And there was so much more caught up in it - knowing it is going to be my last Olympics, knowing my fiancee, my wife to be, is going to be there and I want to be part of that team too.

“It’s just been an incredible journey this year - to compete like this at the last chance, the Olympic trials, is just incredible and at the age of 30 too.”