REBECCA Turner’s week to remember at this week’s British Swimming Championships continued last night as she qualified for the final of the blue-riband event.
The City of Sheffield swimmer, 19, has already qualified for this summer’s Olympics after claiming 200m freestyle gold and she will challenge for a place in the 100m equivalent as well after qualifying for tonight’s final third fastest.
Turner clocked 54.71, but knows she will have to pull out the swim of her life to topple British record holder Fran Halsall and the impressive Amy Smith – who were as expected one and two in qualifying.
Meanwhile, Joe Roebuck remains on course to qualify for a hat-trick of events at next summer’s Olympics after qualifying for the final of the 200m medley, his favoured event.
The Sheffield ace has already booked his London 2012 ticket in the 200m butterfly and 400m medley and eased in to his latest final in a time of 2:01.72, leaving him poised to complete a magic treble.
“I’m not quite tired yet, I need to keep working while I’m racing,” said Roebuck.
“It’s not over yet so I need to keep on it. I’m still a little bit sore from the last race but nothing too major.
“It is a different change of pace to the 200 medley and the fly is a lot faster so I had to be aware of that. I just want to keep going and definitely qualify for this 200 medley, I enjoy it and I think I can swim well in it.
“I’ve got confidence, I’ve got two qualifications now and I want the third. I need to get lose and see what happens in the final.
“Obviously Jimmy Goddard is a huge threat and Ieuan Lloyd is swimming really well this week so you can’t rule him out and I’m sure there will be a few more who will pop up.
“I just have to swim as hard as I can and see what happens, I am in good form so hopefully things will go my way.”
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