Flying the flag: Roebuck qualifies for London 2012

Rawmarsh swimmer Joe Roebuck
Rawmarsh swimmer Joe Roebuck

RAWMARSH swimmer Joe Roebuck has gold in his sights after a stunning performance in sealing his place at London 2012.

The 26-year-old will represent Team GB in the 400m medley and the 200m butterfly after earning qualification at the Olympic trials.

The trials were held in the same pool which he will now compete in at the Olympics and his excellent performance in the 200m butterfly has marked him out as a genuine contender for the podium.

Roebuck’s time of 1:55.94 in Tuesday’s final was the first sub 1:56 time of the year, catapulting him to the top of the world rankings.

He finished just ahead of Roberto Pavoni who had beaten him in the 400m medley final on Saturday with the two edging out British record holder and four time champion Michael Rock in the butterfly.

Roebuck beat the FINA A standard to qualify for the medley with a time of 4:14.48.

And he was delighted to get one over Pavoni when the two locked horns in the butterfly.

He said: “I didn’t like coming second the other night so it gave me a bit more hunger to come back in the fly but at the end of the day when it comes to the Olympics it is just about qualifying, it doesn’t really matter.

“I knew it was really tight, I knew I had the edge on Rocky but I couldn’t see what Pav was doing so when I looked at the board I was a bit apprehensive.

“Luckily my hand got to the wall first. It’s great to win it.”

Roebuck won silver medals in the 400m and 200m medleys at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

He is also a European Championship bronze medalist.