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McClatchey wins heat to make 200m Free semis

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30th July 2012

Caitlin McClatchey won her heat to secure a 200m Freestyle semi-final spot at her third Olympic Games.

The double world medallist timed her race to perfection, surging through in the final 25m and keeping her head down to touch in 1:58.03.

I was feeling confident after the relay and to win my heat against some of the best girls in the world is fantastic.

McClatchey finished sixth in the 200m Freestyle at the last Olympics in Beijing four years ago and is well-placed to repeat the feat after progressing equal seventh fastest.

“I’m really pleased with this morning,” said McClatchey. “Obviously the heats are always a bit tough and you’re never sure how you’re going to swim.

“But I was feeling confident after the 4x100m Relay and to win my heat against some of the best girls in the world is fantastic.”

Olympic debutante Rebecca Turner was also in action in the 200m Freestyle heats and held her own in a world class race.

Competing against world champion Federica Pellegrini and USA’s star Missy Franklin, Turner came home sixth in her heat in 1:58.98.

The 19-year old was ultimately ranked 17th, an agonizing 0.02 off a semi-final place.

Hannah Miley also progressed to tonight’s semi-finals in the 200m Individual Medley.

I'm feeling relaxed and happy so whatever happens I'll come out with a smile on my face.

The Scot finished fifth in the 400m IM on the opening day of the Games and gave herself the chance to make another Olympic final as she cruised through the heats 10th fastest in 2:12.27.

"I'm really happy with how that went," said Miley.

"I always take it stage by stage so I'm glad I made it back for the semis. Now that I'm in the semi, the next stage is to try and improve on that.

"You can't predict how the other swimmers will go - it's the Olympic Games and it never usually goes how everyone predicts so I'm just going to go out and enjoy it.

"I'm feeling relaxed and happy about it so whatever happens I'll come out with a smile on my face."

Sophie Allen made her first Olympic appearance in the 200m IM heats and came within half a second of making her first Olympic semi-finals.

The English record holder touched in 2:14.72 to finish 20th overall.

"I was a bit disappointed with that to be honest," said Allen. "It was off my best time so I'm gutted.

"It's in a par with my fastest ever heat swims but I need to step my game up in the heats.

"It was an amazing experience though - the noise from the crowd was so cool when I was about to get on the block."

Joe Roebuck was the second Brit to miss out on the semi-finals by a single place as he finished 17th in the 200m Butterfly heats.

I've got a couple more days rest now before the 200m IM which has been my main focus for this Games.

Like Turner, the Brit was just 0.02 seconds off the final qualification spot as he clocked 1:56.99.

“I wanted to come here and swim a few PBs and that hasn’t quite gone for me so far,” said Roebuck.

“But I’ve got a couple more days rest now before the 200m IM which has been my main focus for this Games so hopefully that will go well.” 

Roberto Pavoni was the second Brit in the 200m Butterfly heats, but slipped off the pace as the two fastest qualifiers, Austria’s Dinko Jukic and USA’s Tyler Clary took the race out.

Pavoni ultimately finished seventh in his heat, clocking 1:57.55 to rank 20th overall.

“It was a bit slower than I’d hoped,” said Pavoni. “I was really hoping to make the semi-finals today and the time was within my capability.

“Having said that, it was a really tough swim. I was really struggling towards the end so I know I gave it my all and that’s all you can ask for really.”

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