Hartlepool swimmer Jemma Lowe qualifies for Olympic final

200M BUTTERFLY HOPE: Jemma Lowe

200M BUTTERFLY HOPE: Jemma Lowe

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HARTLEPOOL swimmer Jemma Lowe has made it to the final of the 200m butterfly at the London Olympics.

The 22-year-old finished fifth in Tuesday night’s second semi-final but qualified in eighth position overall with a time of 2:07.37.

It means Lowe will be Britain’s only competitor in Wednesday’s final following Ellen Gandy’s shock exit in the morning heats.

Lowe will now start the final in lane eight, and that, she says, is a major bonus.

“I didn’t know if I was going to be in the final when I finished fifth and I thought ‘oh no, I should have tried a little bit harder’,” she said.

“But it turned out ok as my coach didn’t want me to get into the middle lanes for the final.

“It is hard to end up in an outside lane because you normally have to give so much to make the final.

“It is hard to say what is going to happen. The finals are normally a bit slower than the semi-final but you never know.

“I am going to give it everything I have got and see what it brings.”