Australian Swimming Championships Olympic Trials: Canberra’s Ben Treffers misses out on Rio

Canberra backstroker Ben Treffers will turn his attention to defending his Commonwealth Games title after missing out on achieving his Olympic dream.

The 24-year-old failed to qualify for the Rio Games when he finished fourth in the men’s 100-metre backstroke at the national swimming championships in Adelaide on Saturday night.

Treffers needed to finish in the top two and stop the clock inside the time of 53.39 seconds to qualify for his first Olympics, but was well below his best with a time of 54.4s.

World champion Mitch Larkin (52.54s) took the victory ahead of Joshua Beaver (53.77), Ashley Delaney (54.29) and Treffers.

Treffers took home the bronze medal at last year’s world championships in the 50m backstroke, a non-Olympic event.

He also won gold in the 50m backstroke at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Treffers is keen to defend his title in two years when the Games are held on the Gold Coast, while he’s also aiming for another strong performance at next year’s world titles.

He hasn’t considered if he will go on to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“The world championships next year and the Commonwealth Games is a really big incentive,” Treffers said.

“I’d love to be able to go back to back in the 50m backstroke at the Commonwealth Games and that is something that is really appealing to me and it’s about seeing how I can achieve that.

“I’m not really looking at what will happen in four years, but it’s about what can I do in the immediate future that will be enjoyable for me and challenge me and something I will look forward to doing.

“Maybe going to Europe or having a bit of time off now, they are all options to consider.”

It’s the second time Treffers has narrowly missed out on the Olympics, falling 0.11s short of the qualifying time in finishing second at the 2012 national titles.

Before then, Treffers went close on numerous occasions.

He twice missed out on spots on Australian teams by just 0.01s – for the 2009 world championships and then at the 2010 Commonwealth Games trials.

“I felt like I gave it a really good crack and I couldn’t have tried any harder – and felt I may have tried too hard,” Treffers said.

“It was almost unbelievable that I swam that slow and it’s another opportunity gone begging, but there’s nothing you can do about it once you’ve swum.

“It’s only swimming and there’s plenty of other things in my life that are just as important.”

Treffers was in great form leading into the national titles but couldn’t match Larkin in the final.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better preparation and my times were going really well,” Treffers said.

“To go out and not swim well is pretty disappointing and not very good.

“My coach John Fowlie is as shocked and devastated as I am.

“I’ve just got to keep moving forward and re-assess from here and find out what happened.”

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