Siobhan-Marie O'Connor wins third silver to end British Championships in Sheffield
By Mark Ashenden
Last Updated: 25/04/17 2:46pm
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor was a fingertip away from her first title at the British Championships as she had to settle for a third silver in Sheffield.
The 21-year-old Sky Academy Sports Scholar would have been desperate to wrap up the national championships with a gold in the breaststroke on Sunday after an emotional week at the Ponds Forge arena.
O'Connor started the event, acting as the trials for the Worlds in Budapest in July, by finishing behind Anna Hopkin in the 50m freestyle final on Thursday.
It was second spot again for the Olympic silver medallist on Friday when she trailed 16-year-old Freya Anderson in the 100m freestyle by just 0.02 seconds.
And having qualified two seconds quicker than her rivals in the 200m IM - her favoured event - O'Connor stormed to victory only to see "DQ" next to her name on the scoreboard after the race having wobbled at the start.
On Sunday night, she was back in the pool hoping to finish top of the podium and secure her first title of the week in the 100m breaststroke.
But again, having made the final in the quickest time, was agonisingly beaten to gold by Sarah Vasey by just 0.02 seconds.
O'Connor will be hoping her efforts at the Rio Olympics where she won silver in the 200m IM, and her form will be enough to convince the selectors she deserves a spot at the World Championships in the Hungarian capital of Budapest on July 14-30.
The British squad will be announced on Tuesday.
O'Connor is starting a new campaign eight months after her glorious efforts in Brazil. Ahead of the Rio Games she won three medals at the European Championships in London, two relay golds and an individual silver.
And 12 months ago, O'Connor secured three titles at the British Championships in Glasgow.