Swimming: Ellie Faulkner bounces back after illness to take British bronze

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Ellie Faulkner admits she was delighted to overcome more than just her rivals and secure a bronze medal on the final day of the British Swimming Championships in London.

The City of Sheffield star had been feeling unwell since Wednesday’s 400m freestyle final, but recovered to compete in the 200m freestyle event on Saturday.

In a tight race that saw Jazz Carlin edge Siobhan-Marie O’Connor to take gold, Faulkner produced a strong performance to finish third in a time of 1:58.29 minutes.

And the 22-year-old was delighted to step onto the podium so soon after falling ill.

“I knew I had to go out and battle hard, but I had in my mind that I had it in me to do it, so I just let go and had fun really,” Faulkner said.

“I could see Jazz and Siobhan ahead of me on my last length and I just got my head down on that last 50m.

Rebecca Turner was Faulkner’s closest challenger for third place, but she was unable to close down her City of Sheffield teammate, touching in 1:58.59.

Sophie Taylor finished her week on a high by recording a 30.77 seconds in the 50m breaststroke time trial, while Nick Grainger posted a 1:47.10 in the final of the 200m freestyle to finish up in fourth place.

“It was an improvement on the heat, I knew what I did wrong then so that’s why I went faster,” Grainger said.

“It went really well, and a top four finish is what I wanted to give myself a shot at any relay team there might be at the World Championships.

“Hopefully we go – if we do we will smash it in Kazan. I got the target I was looking for, so it’s a fantastic end to a fantastic week for me.

“Obviously I am disappointed not to get a medal, but there is plenty of time yet and this week has been a dream.

“Three years ago I came to this meet and didn’t know anyone and knew that everyone was faster than me, so to come back, be on top of my game and be one of the people I would have looked up to is an absolute dream come true.”

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