Norwich swimmer Anne Bochmann suffers London 2012 Olympic heartbreak
Anne Bochmann suffered double disappointment as she missed out on both the 200m freestyle and medley finals at the British Gas Swimming Championships to put paid to her slim hopes of Olympic qualification.
After a difficult start to the competition in which she crashed out in qualifying of the 400m freestyle Bochmann looked in better form in the morning session, qualifying for both semi-finals in impressive fashion.
But she was not at her best in the evening session, and was clearly out on her feet by the time of her 200m medley semi-final in one of the final events of the session.
She was always off the pace in the second semi-final, eventually coming home in 2:19.33 with 13-time British champion Hannah Miley qualifying fastest for the final in 2:13.63.
Earlier, Bochmann suffered heartache as she failed to reach the final of the 200m freestyle.
Having eased through qualifying the 18-year-old had her eyes on a top eight finish and a place in tonight's final, but it wasn't to be as she touched home 10th fastest in a time of 2:01.60.
The highs and lows of the Olympic trials were on display at the Aquatics Centre when Gemma Spofforth and Georgia Davies' joy at qualifying in the 100 metres backstroke contrasted with Lizzie Simmonds' devastation after missing the cut.
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A top-class swimmer was going to miss out, with three women vying for two places on the Great Britain team. Swansea's Davies is a sprint specialist and touched first after 50m, with Simmonds second and Spofforth fifth. However, Spofforth came back over the second length and with little to choose between the trio, the Florida-based swimmer inched ahead, securing victory with the best touch.
The former world champion finished in one minute 00.19 seconds, 0.02secs ahead of a determined Davies with both women inside the qualification time.
Simmonds was in lane four sandwiched by her two rivals but the European silver medallist could not respond, a further 0.22 adrift.
Liam Tancock also booked his place in the 100m, his only individual race in London given the 50m, in which he is world champion, is not an Olympic event.
The 26-year-old was out on his own and touched in 53.16, a time only he has ever bettered domestically.
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