Spofforth and Sexton make final

Katy Sexton booked her place in tomorrow's 200m backstroke final
Katy Sexton booked her place in tomorrow's 200m backstroke final
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Gemma Spofforth and Katy Sexton booked their places in tomorrow evening’s 200m backstroke final at the British Championships.

Portsmouth Northsea’s Spofforth finished as the fifth-fastest qualifier at the Olympic Aquatic Centre in London with a time of 2min 11.89sec.

In a fast semi-final, the former Portsmouth High School pupil was beaten by Karley Manns and Lizzie Simmonds to end up third – but still eased through as she looks to follow up Monday’s gold medal in the 100m backstroke.

That victory ensured Spofforth sealed her spot at this summer’s Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, Copnor’s Sexton scraped through to tomorrow’s final as the eighth-fastest qualifier in 2:13.50.

Aged 29, the 2003 world champion is the oldest competitior at the Championships.