Final place is least Lowe expects

Jemma Lowe admits a place in the final is the least she expects from the London 2012 Olympics after narrowly missing out four years ago.


The 22-year-old, who finished ninth in the 200 metre butterfly in Beijing, will be gunning for the top eight this time round with her mind free from the strains of multiple events.

In China, Lowe was a raw 18-year-old competing over three disciplines – the 100m and 200m butterfly as well as the 4x100m medley – but now older and wiser she expects to up her performance at the Aquatics Centre.

Lowe qualified for the Games with silver in the British Swimming Championships in March and her belief is only heightened by the Commonwealth Games bronze she claimed over the 100m distance in 2010

But the Hartlepool-born ace, whose sister Naomi appeared on X Factor last year, admits a medal at a home Olympics would be the stuff of fairy tales.

“Everyone’s dream is to win the Olympics if they’re going and I definitely want to do my best time and give it my all,” said Lowe, who came sixth in the 100m butterfly in Beijing.

“At the last Olympics I just missed out on getting to the final of the 200m, so I’d love to get a lane in the final and there, anything can happen.

“I wouldn’t say the team is under pressure to win gold, it’s just what we put ourselves under. I dream of getting a gold and I’m sure other athletes do too.

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