Jemma Lowe is under threat in Commonwealth Games

editorial image
0
Have your say

JEMMA Lowe faces threats from near and far when she launches her third Commonwealth Games campaign tomorrow.

The Hartlepool swimmer takes to the pool in the morning for the heats of the 100 metres butterfly – the event she clinched bronze in at Delhi four years ago.

J Lo, representing Wales, should go through from the

l TURN to Page 36

l J Lo & Sav in Games: Page 36

heats in Glasgow and reach the semi-final tomorrow night when a place in Friday evening’s final would be up for grabs.

The 24-year-old’s principle danger will come from Australia, Canada and England.

Australia provide a three-pronged attack, headed by reigning Commonwealth champion Alicia Coutts.

The Olympic Games bronze medallist has the fastest personal best in the competition, 56.85 seconds, which was set at London 2012.

Her’s season’s best is 57.6, which is more than three tenths of a second better than Aussie team-mates Ellen Gandy and Emma McKeon - Gandy being a former GB team-mate of Lowe before emigrating down under.

Canada’s Katerine Savard will start as one on of the favourites for gold, having clocked the fastest time ion the Commonwealth, 57.27.

Lowe will have stiff competition from England tomorrow.

Rachel Kelly edged out J Lo for gold at the recent British Gas International at Manchester, clocking 58.76 compared to Jemma’s 59.16.

Fellow English swimmer Siobhan O’Connor is another potential medallist after taking over a second off her personal best with a time of 58.34, while Fran Halsall will also be there or thereabouts.

However, Lowe has beaten all the English girls and has a PB of 57.43 though that was set in 2011 - her best time since being 58.02.

Her pedigree is good - medalling at Delhi behind Coutts and Gandhi and finishing sixth in the 2012 Olympic final.

Lowe also warmed up for Glasgow with that silver in the British Gas International where she struck gold in the 200.

Dad Mike, who will be at the Torcross International Swimming Centre tomorrow with wife, Janet, and daughter, Naomi, hopes Jemma’s competitive streak will shine through.

“It’s a very tough competition,” he said.

“All three Aussies are 57/58 second girls, there are four UK swimmers in contention and the Canadian girl.

“If Jemma comes out and does a 58 tomorrow then she could be on for an excellent time.

“Jemma thinks she may have a better chance in the 200 but she’s done well in the 100 before so we’ll have to see how it goes.”

The heats take place in the morning session, which gets under way at 10.30am, with the semi in the evening programme which starts at 7pm.