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Tancock misses out on Euro final

Liam Tancock
Tancock has missed out on the final of the 100m backstroke (Getty)

Exeter's Liam Tancock missed out on the 100m backstroke final at the European Championships in Eindhoven on Tuesday.

He was third fastest from the morning's heats in a time of 54.98 seconds but was outside 55 seconds in finishing joint fifth in the semi-final.

"I'm not ready to race yet. My target at this stage of the year is the British Championships in a couple of weeks time," said the 22-year-old.

"I'll be looking to add other events to my Olympic qualification."

Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband failed to qualify for the 200m freestyle final.

The 30-year-old Dutchman said: "It's a catastrophe. I am very disappointed.

"In all my long career, this had never happened to me."

see also
European Swimming Ch'ships day one
19 Mar 08 |  Swimming
GB swimming trio chosen for Games
27 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Tancock sets new British record
24 Aug 07 |  Swimming
Tancock claims bronze for Britain
27 Mar 07 |  Swimming
Tait win completes GB gold treble
20 Mar 06 |  Commonwealth Games
Team GB for Beijing
29 Nov 07 |  Team GB
Swimming on the BBC
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