Swim duo miss out on selection

First published in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News

OLYMPIC hopefuls Joshua Walsh and Ryan Bennett missed out on selection for London 2012 last night, but their dream is not yet over.

The duo are competing in the British Gas ASA National Championships, which double as the final Olympic selection meet, with further events taking place today and tomorrow.

Blackburn swimmer Walsh finished eighth in the 200m freestyle last night, while fourth place ion the 200m backstroke was not good enough for Bennett to break into the team.

However, Walsh has one last chance to secure qualification in Sheffield tomorrow.

Two spots are up for grabs for Team GB in the 100m freestyle, which takes place at 9am tomorrow.

He faces competition in that event from Bennett, who is from Brinscall.

He is also set to compete in the 100m backstroke tonight.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Adlington added a possible relay swim to her two Olympic title defences on a night at Ponds Forge which saw David Carry close to tears after booking a spot on the Great Britain team for his third Games.

Adlington overhauled Rebecca Turner in the final 25 metres to claim the 200 m freestyle title with a time of one minute 58.68 seconds.

While Turner had already qualified for both the individual event and the 4x200m 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.

Adlington was, however, philosophical about the prospect of being part of the quartet given the demands of her 400m and 800m freestyle defences.

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.”

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