Selston swim star Molly Renshaw missed out on London 2012 qualification despite personal best swim

Molly Renshaw after the Women's 200m Breaststroke final during the British Gas Swimming Championships at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 8, 2012. See PA story SWIMMING London. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Molly Renshaw after the Women's 200m Breaststroke final during the British Gas Swimming Championships at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 8, 2012. See PA story SWIMMING London. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

SELSTON swim star Molly Renshaw is determined that her dream of competing at the London Olympics is not over after she missed out on qualification by just 0.18 seconds.

The promising swimmer, who attends Selston Arts and Community College, failed to qualify for the 200m breaststroke despite claiming a silver medal at the British Championships at the London Aquatics Centre last night.

Renshaw produced a personal best time to meet the qualifying time, but she missed out on qualification after she was edged out by rival Stacey Tadd.

Focused Molly will now have a second and final opportunity to make the grade at the ASA National Championships in three months’ time, at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Speaking after the race mum Jane Renshaw said: “It is a case of mixed emotions for Molly, she is delighted that she made the qualifying time but obviously gutted that she has not qualified.

“Molly had a bad swim the night before and I think it knocked her confidence a bit, so it was excellent that she swam a time like this. She had been around the same time for a year and it is great that she proved she can step up and meet the time.

“She will go to Sheffield and give it her very best, She is going to knuckle right down and train hard. The important thing is that she showed she can swim to the required standard.”

Renshaw, who clocked a time of 2.26.81, will now have to go even faster to meet the stringent target of 2.25.59, which is based on the world-ranked top 16 from last year.