JAZZ Carlin wasn’t scoffing at a second medal in as many nights despite just missing out on another gold in Glasgow, instead she insisted it was further justification that she is turning into a world-class competitor.
The 23-year-old was denied the chance to add women’s 400 freestyle gold to the 800m freestyle title she had earned just 24 hours beforehand as she finished second on Tuesday night.
It took a Commonwealth Games record from New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle to keep Carlin at bay – her winning time of 4:04.47 minutes just 0.69 seconds ahead of the Welsh swimmer.
That silver from Carlin came just before her compatriots Georgia Davies and Daniel Jervis took gold and bronze respectively to see Wales eclipse their pre-Games target of six medals.
And Carlin admitted both she and her country had exceeded expectations, despite a punishing schedule in the Tollcross International Swimming Centre pool.
“It was tough for me with the distance events being back to back,” said Carlin.
“It’s hard to recover and I didn’t get much sleep last night so it was about making sure I could get back up for the final in the evening.
“I was feeling a bit tired so to come away with another medal I can’t complain.
“Last night [Monday], it was a relief that all the training paid off and to come away with a gold medal was everything I’d ever dreamed of.
“I’ve put everything into this season so to come away with gold was amazing and then to top it off with silver tonight means I can’t complain.
“It’s amazing that Georgia [Davies] has come away with two medals and shows that we’re really coming along in the pool and we’ve reached our medal target now.
“You don’t race on back-to-back days in any other event than the Commonwealth Games, so it was tough – I’m not 16 anymore, I can’t recover like I used to.
“I’m so lucky with Sport Wales that they helped me with my recovery for today so moving forward I can enjoy this for a while.”
Carlin won’t have much time to let her success settle, however, as she turns her attention to the European Championships, which take place between August 13-24 in Berlin, Germany.
And she insists once her selection is confirmed, her head will be firmly focused on winning more medals.
“The European Championships are coming up in August and I’m just waiting for my selection to be confirmed at the end of the week,” she added.
“I’ll be training for that and then I’ll have a nice summer break and take this all in.”