Sheffield swimming: Nicholas Grainger happy despite “worst event”

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City of Sheffield swimmer Nicholas Grainger produced a solid if unspectacular performance in the final of the 100m freestyle at the British Swimming Championships in London and immediately turned his attention to Russia this summer.

Grainger is desperate to be part of the British team heading to the World Championships, targeting selection in either the 200m or 400m freestyle events.

The 100m was never going to produce a podium finish for the Sheffield athlete but Grainger was still pleased with his performance in London.

He clocked 49.79 seconds to finish fifth, with Bath University’s Calum Jarvis taking the gold, Benjamin Proud the silver and Scot Robbie Renwick the bronze.

“That was faster than the heats so I can’t really ask for anything more, it’s just outside the top four so I am a little bit disappointed with that but it’s not my event,” said Grainger, who won 400m freestyle silver on day one in the capital.

“It’s the worst event I am doing at this meet so fifth in this is great. It’s something to look to in the future because I haven’t done any sprint training for the whole season.

“It’s all been endurance and I haven’t even trained for the 200m so to get 49.7 and go below 50 seconds twice is huge.

“It gives me a lot of confidence and my coach always calls me soft if I don’t go under 50 so he can’t give me that any more.

“The 400 is my main event and I’m within the qualification marker for the summer so hopefully I’ll get picked for that but we’ll see how the 200 goes as well.

“It would be fantastic to go to Russia, ever since I started swimming I used to say to my mum and dad that I was going to go to worlds and Olympics.

“Back then it didn’t really carry much weight, it’s just something you say as a kid like I want to be an astronaut or a fireman but for me it’s actually happened and I’m living the dream at the minute, I love it.”

Elsewhere, there was disappointment for fellow Sheffield swimmer Sophie Taylor, who despite touching home first in the final of the 200m butterfly was disqualified for an illegal turn.

Taylor looked glum poolside as Molly Renshaw was awarded the gold medal, Katie Matts the silver and Chloe Tutton the bronze.

Meanwhile, Ellie Faulkner finished seventh in the final of the 400m freestyle, clocking 4.13.97 minutes as Jazz Carlin took the gold, Jessica Thielmann the silver and Hannah Miley the bronze in a high class field.

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