Jemma Lowe has ‘realistic chance’ of medal in Olympic butterfly

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JEMMA Lowe has never been short of podium finishes in her brilliant swimming career.

The Hartlepool butterfly star has collected medals at the Commonwealth Games and European and World short-course championships to name just three.

And her coach believes she now has a “realistic chance of medalling” at the sport’s ultimate competition – the Olympic Games.

Bud McAllister, who coaches Lowe at the Intensive Training Centre in Swansea, has so far guided the 22-year-old into the top five in the world this year.

Lowe reached the Olympic final over 100 metres four years ago in Beijing, where she finished sixth.

However, McAllister feels she can do even better at London 2012, especially if he can improve her own best of two minutes, 5.36 seconds.

“If Jemma can do a new personal best time, she will win a medal,” he said in the South Wales Post.

“She has been in the top three in the world the last year so, if she can improve her best time, she will medal.

“She’s not been in many high-pressure situations where she has a realistic chance of winning, but she has a realistic chance of medalling this year.”

China boast two of the favourites – reigning world champion Liuyang Jiao as well as world-record holder Zige Liu.

Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi holds the fastest time of the year so far, 2:04.69.

Lowe swims in the 200 metres butterfly heats on Tuesday morning with the semi-final scheduled that evening in the London Aquatic Centre.

The final takes place the next night.