JEMMA Lowe admitted her final race of the Olympics had come as something of a bonus as she helped the women’s 4x100m medley relay team to a place in today’s final.
Lowe, who failed to qualify for the Games at the 100m butterfly distance but did finish sixth in the 200m final earlier in the week, was given her chance to impress in a quartet that included Gemma Spofforth, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Amy Smith.
And Lowe’s strong 100m butterfly leg yesterday guided the GB team to fifth in their semi-final, good enough to make the final as the sixth fastest team.
And while Lowe admits that this was probably her last race of London 2012 – Ellen Gandy is expected to come in for the final – the 22-year-old insisted it was an experience she will never forget.
“I was really excited before that race because I haven’t competed in a relay for a while,” she said.
“I was so happy to get the chance to go out there again in front of the home crowd and I enjoyed every minute of it.
“I wasn’t sure after our race if we had done enough to make it through but now that we have we can focus again for the final which should be amazing.
“From my point of view it was great to get the chance to swim the 100m, I haven’t swum it in a while so it was great show of faith in me by the coaches.
“I was a bit nervous at the start but they said I should go out there and give it my best shot, if I swam super fast then I had a chance at being in the final.
“But to be honest Ellen’s had a few days rest now and I’m fairly sure she will be back in for the final as she’ll be fresh.
“I’m so glad I got my chance to show what I can do and to get out in front of that crowd one more time was pretty special.”
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