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Tancock takes GB snub on the chin

July 4, 2013
Liam Tancock

Liam Tancock

Loughborough swimmer Liam Tancock admits he got what he deserved after he was left out of the World Championships in Barcelona.

British Swimming are pulling no punches in a bid to put their disappointing London Olympics behind them.

Just 27 swimmers have been selected for the World Championships later this month and Tancock, who has two 50m backstroke titles to his name, is not among them.

The 28-year-old endured a disappointing British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield, settling for silver in both the 50m and 100m backstroke.

In the 50m, he did duck under the qualification time when finishing second, but British Swimming’s new hardline approach means non-Olympic events are given short shrift and he was not selected.

After losing the British title he had held for the past two years, Tancock said he should have done more to make certain of his place in the squad.

“I’ve probably not done enough to be on the plane to Barcelona, but it’s not down to me, it’s down to the selectors,” said Tancock.

“I gave it my best. It was a tough few days in the office, but I’ll always come back stronger.

“We talked about inspiring a generation with the Olympics last year, and people are really picking up the pace now.

“For a number of years I’ve been at the top of the game, especially in Britain, but hopefully we’re going to see a few younger guys come through.”

Fran Halsall will be looking to upgrade the 100m freestyle silver she won in 2009 after booking her place in Barcelona with a superb week in Sheffield.

The 23-year-old, who has European and Commonwealth Games gold medals to her name, added the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle British titles to the 50m freestyle crown she had already won.

Joining Halsall in the 27 selected for Barcelona are fellow Loughborough swimmers Roberto Pavoni, who will race both medleys, and Amy Smith, who is set to compete in the 50m and form part of the relay squad, but missing out is Sophie Smith, who came home sixth in the 100m freestyle in 55.93.

This year, British Gas is launching SwimBritain, a programme to create a healthier nation and get 500,000 people swimming more regularly by 2015. Visit: http://www.swimbritain.co.uk/challenge

Leicester Mercury

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