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TURNER UPSETS ODDS TO CLAIM SPOT

6th March 2012, 11:42pm

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Rebecca Turner: Can look forward to London 2012

Rebecca Turner: Can look forward to London 2012

Rebecca Turner will be spending more time with sometime training partner Hannah Miley this summer after she usurped world and Olympic medallists to win the 200 metres freestyle and book a spot on the Great Britain team at the Olympic trials.

Turner has enjoyed a superb couple of days in the British Gas Swimming Championships at the Aquatics Centre and topped it with victory in a new personal best which was enough to see her on to the team.

The City of Sheffield swimmer has travelled to train at the four-lane, 25m pool Miley shares with the public in Inverurie - a far cry from the facilities at Ponds Forge.

Training in tough conditions clearly breeds success as Miley took to the water to add a 200m individual medley berth to the one she had booked in the 400m event.

Joe Roebuck and Rob Pavoni also secured their second spots on the team in the 200m butterfly.

Turner moved from fourth to first on the final length to relegate fastest qualifier and former world, European and Commonwealth medallist Caitlin McClatchey to second in one minute 57.65 seconds.

Turner's City of Sheffield team-mate Eleanor Faulkner picked up her second bronze medal of the Championships while British record holder and Beijing 400m bronze medallist Jo Jackson was fourth.

Turner said: "It was very unexpected. I only came into this to try and get a relay spot so to get this is amazing.

"On the last turn I thought, 'Just go for it. What the heck. I'm close to this so go for it.' It was a very competitive field with Olympic medallists and finalists and relay swimmers. To get above everyone is unreal."

Turner and Faulkner are coached by Russ Barber and the former paid tribute, saying: "Russ has done an amazing job.

"He wrote me a plan when I was 14 saying where my times would go and I never believed him. Until now."

Of training with Miley, she said: "It was a good to see what a world medallist does. I really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it."

McClatchey's 1:58.07 means she will have to try again at the ASA National Championships in June.

Miley won her second title of the week in a competitive 200m individual medley which saw the first three go inside the qualification standard.

The Garioch swimmer, trained by her father Patrick, had to fight for her victory in 2:10.77 with Sophie Allen less than a second behind as she edged out Sophie Smith in 2:11.71.

Miley said: "I knew it was going to be a big race on my hands with so many younger girls coming through and stepping up to the medley."

Roebuck and Pavoni had already made it in the 400m individual medley and tonight they overtook British record holder Michael Rock on the final length.

Roebuck touched first in 1:55.94, 0.16 ahead of Pavoni with both men inside the qualifying time.

Roebuck said: "I knew it was tight. When I turned round and looked at the board I was a bit apprehensive.

"I knew how quick Pav would go and you can never rule a guy out like Rocky."

Pavoni said: "I'm really ecstatic. To make one (spot) is brilliant, to make two is incredible."

World silver medallist Ellen Gandy heads the 200m butterfly field ahead of Jemma Lowe, who missed the 100m cut.

World finalists Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis head the 200m breaststroke finalists.

All eight qualifiers for the men's 100m final produced sub-50sec times headed by British record holder Simon Burnett.

In the multi-disability events, Heather Frederiksen (S8) won the 100m freestyle in 1:08.13 ahead of double Paralympic champion Eleanor Simmonds while Sean Fraser (S8) claimed the men's equivalent in 1:01.00.

Miley revealed she had been inspired by Turner and Faulkner, saying: "Both Ellie and Becky, their swims had me in tears. Becky had such an awesome swim.

"She was my room-mate at the World Championships so it'll be great to have her on the team and for her to experience being at the Olympic Games.

"They train so hard and they've travelled up to me and it was so good to have training partners. It is great to have that support within the team so I'm really pleased with how her and Ellie have done tonight.

"Their race spurred me on tonight. Seeing that really does lift you and make you think 'right it is my turn to go and hopefully repeat what they do'."

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