Adlington claims second Olympic place

09 March 2012 / 20:19

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington defied her nerves to yet again produce a commanding performance in the 800 metres freestyle as she booked her second spot on the Great Britain team at the Olympic trials in London.

Adlington had dominated the 400m and her performance in making the final illustrated that realistically only some bizarre mishap would derail her. It also indicated the Nova Centurion swimmer was likely to produce the sort of swim that would send out a warning she is in no mood to relinquish her Olympic crown and so it transpired.

Adlington led from the off and was never challenged, winning in eight minutes 18.54 seconds, a time only she, former world record holder Janet Evans and former world champions Lotte Friis and Kate Ziegler have bettered.

Eleanor Faulkner set a personal best of 8mins 27.11secs to also claim a place at the Games.

Adlington, though, revealed she had suffered from such intense nerves before the race she had to speak to her psychologist Simon Middlemass, and she said: "I was more nervous for some reason today, I think it's because this event means so much to me. I had to speak to Simon my psychologist before the race and he told me to 'man up'!"

European champion Lizzie Simmonds went some way to erasing the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 100m backstroke by leading from start to finish to make the team on the 200m.

The Loughborough ITC swimmer blasted out from the front and was inside European record at the halfway point.

She held a clear lead and was under Gemma Spofforth's British record mark at the final turn.

Stephanie Proud ate into her advantage but Simmonds, who was clearly tiring, dug into her reserves to touch in 2:08.67, 1.27 ahead of the Florida-based swimmer who failed to qualify.

British record holder Michael Rock came back on the second length to qualify for the 100m butterfly in 52.02.

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