London 2012: Chris Walker-Hebborn’s Olympic dream ends

BURY St Edmunds’ Chris Walker-Hebborn was unable to progress from the men’s 200m backstroke heats to tonight’s semi-final, finishing 22nd with only the top 16 qualifying.

The 21-year-old finished in a disappointing last place (eighth) in heat three this morning in a time of one minute 59 seconds exactly, which put him point 38 seconds outside the top 16 to qualify.

Walker-Hebborn turned at the half-way stage in eighth and was unable to make up the ground on the rest of the field in what he considers his specialist event.

He had been 10th in the standings with two heats to go, but slipped to 16th with one to go with American sensation Ryan Lochte going in the final heat.

He finished 22nd overall with the last qualifying time being 1.58.22.

Walker-Hebborn had gone out of the men’s 100m backstroke heats on Sunday in 20th position.