Eight-hundredths of a second is all that separated Chris Walker-Hebborn from a place in the World Short Course Swimming Championships 100m backstroke final in Doha, Qatar.
The Bury St Edmunds-born swimmer was hoping to more medal glory to his tally this year having clinched 100m backstroke and 4x100m medley gold, —posting a record time of 31.51 seconds in the process — as part of the England team alongside Adam Brown, Adam Peaty and Adam Barrett, at the Commonwealth Games in July.
However, lining up in lane six in Wednesday night’s semi-final, the 24-year-old could only muster a 10th-place finish in a time of 50.76 seconds, 1.14 seconds adrift of winner Mitchell Larkin of Australia.
But to add further disappointment to his display, Walker-Hebborn also missed out on a place in the top eight qualifying positions with France’s Benjamin Stasiulis touching home narrowly ahead in a time of 50.68 seconds.
Walker-Hebborn was set to try and put his disappointment behind him as he lined up in the 50m backstroke heats today.