Dan Wallace Olympic hopes rest with selectors

Dan Wallace will have to rely on the goodwill of the selectors. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Dan Wallace will have to rely on the goodwill of the selectors. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

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Dan Wallace, the Comonwealth Games 400m medley champion, will be relying on the goodwill of the Team GB selectors if he is to make it to the Olympic Games in Rio this summer.

The Edinburgh swimmer, who is based in Florida, finished a disappointing sixth in the final of the 200m individual medley in 2.00.26. Third in the 
400m IM, he has one last chance in the 200m freestyle.

“It’s a shame I couldn’t deliver tonight,” stated a disappointed 23-year-old. “But the shorter distances seem to suit me better so I still believe I can do it tomorrow.”

In the 1500m freestyle, it’s a case of wait and see for Scotland’s Stephen Milne. Teenager Tim Shuttleworth won the event in 14:53.23 – just 0.02 secs outside the Olympic qualifying – and the Perth 21-year-old was second in 14:59.10.

“It was a tough race,” said Milne after the 30-length grind. “I did my best and I’ve got the 200m freestyle tomorrow. I’ll just have to wait and see if I’ve done enough for Olympic selection.”

Milne, a member of Scotland’s gold medal winning 4 x 200m freestyle relay at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, also finished runner-up in the 400m freestyle at the start of the week

Wales’ Jazz Carlin, who was unlucky to miss out on London 2012, finally made sure of her Olympic place with a great win in 4:04.33 in the 400m freestyle.

City of Glasgow’s Camilla Hattersley was fourth in 4:12.04 and she is another who will have an anxious wait before Team GB is announced on Thursday.

She has put herself in the frame with a second place in the 800m freestyle and a fourth in the 200m, which brings her into consideration for relays.

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