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Remy in form but misses selection

KAWANA Waters talent Remy Fairweather continued to impress at the Olympic trials last night, when she finished fourth in the 800m freestyle final.

Fairweather, who turns 15 today, just missed out on claiming a berth at the Games after finishing less than two seconds outside the top two place-getters.

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She recorded an A-qualifying time of 8.29.93 but was edged by winner Kylie Palmer (8.26.60) along with Jessica Ashwood (8.27.97) and Melissa Gorman (8.29.73).

Fairweather came close to securing her ticket to London earlier in the meet, when she finished third in the 400m freestyle final behind Kylie Palmer and Bronte Barratt.

"She's a great young talent and is one of our top emerging distance swimmers, there's no doubt about that," her coach Peter Gartrell said.

Meanwhile, Sunshine Coast product Nick D'Arcy finished fourth in the 200m butterfly final.

The 24-year-old, who earlier in the Olympic trials earned a spot in the national squad by winning the 200m butterfly final, touched the wall in 52.47 seconds after qualifying second fastest for the final in 52.21. The event was won by Christopher Wright (51.67).

Geoff Huegill failed to extend his swimming comeback when he finished fifth in 52.50 seconds.

The 33-year-old fell short of the top-two finish required to seal a spot at his third Games.

Huegill said after the race he was unsure whether or not he would continue swimming or retire for a second time, having made a return after shedding 45kg to claim gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Freestyler James Magnussen is tempted to add another target to his London Olympics after surprising himself by winning the Australian 50 metre title.

Already the world champion and Olympic favourite over 100 metres, Magnussen clocked a personal best 21.74 seconds to edge out Eamon Sullivan (21.92) in the 50m final at the Olympic trials in Adelaide.

Magnussen had considered the shorter sprint as just "a bit of fun," but it may now become a serious part of his London Games.

"I think that time is actually thereabouts for a medal internationally," Magnussen said.

Coolum Beach's George O'Brien qualified fifth fastest for tonight's final of the 1500m freestyle.

The 20-year-old, who also trains at Kawana Waters, recorded a time of 15.34.18, about 17 seconds off the pace of fastest qualifier Matthew Levings.

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