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Swindon's golden girls rule
SWINDON’S Jazz Carlin snatched a third gold medal at the British Gas International Swimming Meet in Leeds last night and then admitted her bid to conquer the world stage was back on track.
The former Wootton Bassett School pupil added 400m freestyle gold to triumphs in the 1500m free on Saturday and the 800m free on Thursday, the latter two of these being personal best times and Welsh records.
Illness wrecked the double Commonwealth medallist’s dream of London 2012 qualification last year, but now Carlin, 22, feels she is in good shape ahead of World Championship trials in June.
“Moving forward it’s put me in the best position I could have asked for. I couldn’t have asked for any better than what I came away with,” she said.
“I’m really happy with my swims. It’s given me a bit of a confidence boost and now I want to go faster in June and qualify for worlds.”
There was also gold medal joy for ex-Swindon Dolphin flyer Tilly Gray, who before finishing fourth in last night’s 100m butterfly final, touched the wall first in Saturday’s 200m fly showdown.
The former Commonweal pupil took 0.21 off her personal best in clocking 2:10.78, to edge out Elena Sheridan by 0.23 seconds, while Swindon-born Hannah Miley finished fourth in the same race. Miley, a 2011 world silver medallist in the 400m medley, was also second in the 400m free final won by Carlin.
Former Swindon Tigershark Grant Turner grabbed bronze in the 100m free last night, clocking 50.33 seconds to finish behind the USA’s Anthony Ervin and the Netherlands’ Sebastiaan Verschuren.
Swindon Dolphin’s Craig Harris, 14, made the final of the multi-classification 200m medley on Saturday, his third final of the meet at the John Charles Centre for Sport. The S14 swimmer finished sixth on 811 points.