SHEFFIELD’S Joe Roebuck, Rebecca Turner and Ellie Faulkner delivered a winning treble as they all booked their places on the British team for this summer’s London 2012 Olympics.
Roebuck and Turner roared to victory in the 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle respectively while Eleanor Faulkner will also go the Games after her third place behind Turner secured her a 4x200m relay slot
Turner was a shock winner of the 200m freestyle, arguably the most wide-open event of the entire British Swimming Championships, seeing off former Commonwealth champion Caitlin McClatchey and Jo Jackson in a personal best time of 1:57.65 minutes.
And having booked her place in London, the 19-year-old revealed that her coach at City of Sheffield, Russ Barber, had told her five years ago that she would make the Olympics in London.
“Russ wrote me a plan when I was 14 years old saying what times I would go and I never believed that until now,” said Turner.
“I’ve done them and Russ is doing an amazing job with me and all the Sheffield swimmers. I only came into this looking for a relay spot so to win it and get a spot on the team is unbelievable.
“I just went for it on that final length. On the last turn I thought I had to go for it and seeing it I knew I was close. To have Ellie [Faulkner] on the team who only swam the 200m for fun is a great surprise and really good for her.
“It was a very competitive field with Commonwealth finalists and girls you have swum with on relays so to get above everyone is just amazing.”
If Turner produced the performance of the night, she was closely followed by Roebuck as he stunned British record holder and four-time champion Michael Rock to earn his second Olympic qualification of the week.
The 26-year-old touched home in 1:55.94 minutes just ahead of Roberto Pavoni who had beaten him in the 400m medley final on Saturday.
And he said: “I didn’t like coming second the other night so it gave me a bit more hunger to come back in the fly but at the end of the day when it comes to the Olympics it is just about qualifying, it doesn’t really matter.
“I knew it was really tight, I knew I had the edge on Rocky but I couldn’t see what Pav was doing so when I looked at the board I was a bit apprehensive. Luckily my hand got to the wall first. It’s great to win it.”
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