Hartlepool swimmer Jemma Lowe into 200m butterfly semis in World Championships

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HARTLEPOOL swimmer Jemma Lowe admitted her tactical gamble paid off after she cruised into the 200m butterfly semi-finals at the World Championships in Shanghai.

The 21-year-old’s lifetime best in the event stands at 2.05.36seconds but after coming through two rounds to reach Monday’s 100m final she eased down to 2.08.67secs to save energy for the last 16 later today.

Lowe’s time was good enough to see her progress 11th fastest, with Great Britain team-mate and room-mate Ellen Gandy also going through in 2.08.14secs

And after coming through the heats with the minimum of fuss Lowe insisted her new partnership with coach Bud McAllister was already bearing fruit.

“It was nice and comfortable and really controlled so I was happy with the time I got,” said Lowe. “This morning my coach told me to save as much energy as I could and I think I saved as much as I possibly could there and still got into the final so that has worked out.”

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