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Olympic heartbreak for youngster Renshaw

ESPN staff
June 21, 2012
Molly Renshaw is consoled after failing to qualify for London 2012 © Getty Images

There was heartbreak for 16-year-old Molly Renshaw at the ASA National Championships, as she missed out on qualifying for London 2012.

Renshaw, who made an impression on last year's World Championships as a 15-year-old, was hoping to book her place at this summer's Olympic Games in the 200 metres breaststroke - with her coach adamant she would achieve the feat at the last available opportunity.

But, while she won the final in Sheffield on Thursday, her time of 2 minutes 27.72 seconds was not good enough to achieve the required Olympic 'A' standard, meaning she will now have to wait four years to make her Olympic bow.

Renshaw could only later say on Twitter that she was "gutted".

Antony James suffered similar disappointment in the 100m fly - missing the qualification time by 0.1s - but three other swimmers booked their place for the Olympics. The most surprising of those was 200m backstroke swimmer Marco Loughran, who has had a turbulent time recently.

Loughran had been training at the University of Florida alongside American star Ryan Lochte until the start of the year, when he returned to the UK following a disagreement with his coaches.

But the 23-year-old was second behind Chris Walker-Hebborn to achieve his aim of qualifying for the Olympics.

"Ryan is the one who is pushing me on in a good way," Loughran said. "It's been four years ... ever since Beijing when Jimmy Goddard pulled out of the 200 backstroke all I've had in my head is an empty lane because that should have been my spot, and now it is."

Ieuan Lloyd then joined Walker-Hebborn and Loughran on the team for London 2012, holding off David Carry - who qualified for the Olympics on Wednesday - to win the 200m freestyle in one minute 47.55s.

Carry could take some consolation from the race, however, as his performance ensured he will be a part of the relay team over the distance.

In non-Olympic events, 17-year-old Lauren Quigley stormed to 50m backstroke victory and Rachel Lefley claimed the 50m butterfly.

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