Adam Pine.
Adam Pine. The Northern Star

Pine's proud swim

AS Adam Pine powered down the pool in the 100 metres butterfly heats at the Beijing Olympics, his mum Sharee was jumping in support at her home in Ballina.

Pine, a former Lismore lad and Ballina Indoor club swimmer, produced a personal best time of 52.07 seconds but missed qualifying for the semi-finals by just 0.02s.

Sharee, who jumped so hard her legs went wobbly, received a text message from her son yesterday morning about the swim.

“He said he was happy with the PB but would've liked another swim (in the semi-finals),” she said

“He will now focus on the 4x100m medley relay.

“We're 90 per cent sure he will get a swim in the heats.”

After watching Adam compete in two previous Olympic Games, Sharee offered some insight into his performance.

She said Adam's technique was not quite enough to match the brute strength of his rivals.

“He swims against people who look like giants next to him,” she said.

“He's a technique swimmer. He did a brilliant turn.

“I would have to say as a mum watching him, the difference was the start. He was probably a bit sluggish off the block.”

After finishing fourth in his heat behind Venezuelan Albert Subirats Altes, Pine had a nervous wait before learning he was 17th fastest (only 16 go through).

“I'm always nervous for him,” Sharee said.

“We so much wanted him to make the semis because that was his goal, and to miss out by such a small margin was disappointing.

“Not for us but for him.

“We know how much effort he has put in and we want to see him achieve his goals.”

But just seeing her son in the Water Cube filled Sharee with pride

“We were very proud of him to see him walk out on that pool deck,” she said.

“He's been a good ambassador for Australia and he's been good for the Australian swim team.”

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