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Swimming World Cup: Siobhan-Marie O'Connor falls just short of bronze

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Last Updated: 18/11/13 10:47am

Siobhan O'Connor: Was in top form in both the 100m individual medley and the 200m freestyle in Beijing

Siobhan O'Connor: Was in top form in both the 100m individual medley and the 200m freestyle in Beijing

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor was twice pipped to bronze medals after another consistent showing at World Cup in Beijing.

The 17-year-old swimmer from Bath rounded off the Asian leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup by making another four finals and was twice agonisingly close to claiming a bronze medal.

Wednesday saw O'Connor progress to the finals of both the 200m individual medley and the 200m freestyle events with a fifth-place finish secured in the former.

The freestyle final saw the Sports Scholar produce an excellent swim only to miss out on a bronze medal by six hundredths of a second to Lauren Boyle of New Zealand. The result was particularly frustrating as O'Connor had qualified for the final in the quickest time in the morning session.

It was a similar story on Thursday as the British athlete progressed to the finals of the 100m individual medley and the 50m butterfly.

First up in the 100m IM, O'Connor reached the halfway stage in second place but was again denied a medal by the slightest of margins, touching home just nine hundredths of a second behind Hungary's Katinka Hosszu in third.

Despite little time to recover before the 50m butterfly final, O'Connor still managed fifth.

As galling as it may have been to miss out having been so close to a medal on two occasions in China, qualifying for 11 finals in the three World Cup events during the past week is some achievement from O'Connor who can head into 2014 with reason to be confident.