Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Proud Not Giving Up on Her Olympic Dream; SWIMMING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Proud Not Giving Up on Her Olympic Dream; SWIMMING

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STEPH Proud missed Olympic qualification by 0.8sec last night - but left the London Aquatics Centre knowing she could still make the team via the last-chance trials in June, writes ROGER GUTTRIDGE.

If she decides to enter them at all, that is.

After coming second to Olympic qualifier Lizzie Simmonds in the 200m backstroke at the British Gas Championships in 2:09.94, the 23-year-old from Chester-le-Street said she was not certain she would return from her Florida training base for the last-chance trials in June.

"Probably," she said when asked if she would be at Sheffield for a second attempt at qualification for this summers Olympics in London.

"I am going to have to think about this.

"I am pleased with coming second in a world-class field, but I can swim faster than that."

Frustratingly, Proud's silver-winning time was almost a second inside the FINA A time required of the race winner to make the Olympic team.

Runners-up in the trials need to match the 2011 world top-16 time and she was a second short of that. …

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