Hartlepool swimmer Jemma Lowe reaches Commonwealth Games 100m butterfly final

FINAL: Jemma Lowe
FINAL: Jemma Lowe

JEMMA Lowe has qualified for the 100 metres butterfly final at the Commonwealth Games.

The Hartlepool swimmer, who raced in the first semi at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre clocked 58.47 seconds to be ranked fifth fastest going into Friday night’s eight-woman final.

J Lo, who won bronze for Wales in this event at the 2010 Commonwealths in Delhi, swam well in lane five, next to the quick Canadian Katerine Savard.

Savard led at the turn from Singapore’s Li Tao, who had set out quickly, with Lowe third 0.23 seconds behind the lead.

The 24-year-old Poolie finished strongly down the home length to overtake Tao.

However, Lowe was pipped at the touch by Australia’s Emma McKeon (58.40).

It was an incredible effort from the 20-year-old from Down Under who earlier in the session had won gold in the women’s 200m freestyle.

Savard clocked 57.83 in first in the heat.

Heat two was a cracker with England’s Siobhan O’Connor clocking the best time on the night, 57.57, to beat top Aussie Alicia Coutts, the Olympic bronze medallist (58.07).

Lowe’s former Great Britain team-mate Ellen Gandy, now swimming for Australia, was third in the heat in 58.48, beating Canada’s Audrey Lacroix (58.69) and England’s Rachael Kelly (59.02), all three qualifying for Friday night’s final.