Stephanie Proud misses out in swimming

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SUNDERLAND’S Stephanie Proud just missed out on the 200m freestyle final at the British Gas National Swimming Championships – and a chance to be part of the World Championship relay team in Shanghai in the process.

Proud came ninth fastest overall in a time of 2:01.64minutes which was just 0.7seconds outside the last qualifier for the final.

Unfortunately for Proud, the 200m is one of British swimming’s most competitive events with the likes of British record holder Jo Jackson, double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington along with Commonwealth medallists Jazz Carlin and Hannah Miley all through to Tuesday’s final.

However, with her specialist events in the 200m backstroke and 400m individual medley still to come on Thursday and Saturday respectively, there’s hope the 22-year-old will still be able to book her ticket to Shanghai for the last major international swim before the London 2012 Olympics.

“My time was around my best time but I just missed the final which is a bit disappointing but it is not the end of the world,” she said.

“I have got my two main events coming up later in the week so I have still got those and they are my main focus so I am not too worried.

“I’ll just have to concentrate on those. The 200m free is always a bit of a dog fight to get in the final because there are always so many people that go in that event and that make it really difficult.”

H The nation’s leading energy supplier British Gas is the principal partner of British Swimming, and is supporting the sport at all levels, from grass roots to our elite athletes. Visit www.britishgas.co.uk/swimming