Jemma Lowe left puzzled after only gaining silver in British Swimming Championships

SILVER LINING: Jemma Lowe on her way to second place in the women's 200m butterfly final
SILVER LINING: Jemma Lowe on her way to second place in the women's 200m butterfly final
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JEMMA Lowe admitted she was scratching her head after her opening gambit at the British Swimming Championships left her with more questions than answers.

The action get underway at the iconic London Aquatics Centre, scene of the 2012 Olympic Games.

I am disappointed because I thought I would have gone a lot quicker, I don’t really know why that’s the time I’ve done.

Jemma Lowe

And the surroundings clearly spurred Lowe on as she soared into the women’s 200m butterfly final by touching home in a time of 2:09.76 minutes in her heat.

This made her the fastest qualifier but she was unable to repeat the trick in the showpiece as despite finishing 0.40 seconds faster she had to settle for silver as Hannah Miley took gold in 2:08.63.

There was more disappointment for Lowe too as her time was some way off the qualifying time for this summer’s World Championships in Russia – and she admitted she had no idea what had gone wrong.

“I’m disappointed with that if I am honest, I would have liked to get a little bit closer to her in the end but I just didn’t have it,” she said.

“I am disappointed because I thought I would have gone a lot quicker, I don’t really know why that’s the time I’ve done.

“I think it was the last length where I lost it quite a bit but there was nothing I could do about it really.”

“I set myself high standards and goals so I’m disappointed with the race. This morning I felt good so I don’t know why I’ve raced like that.”

Lowe still has the 100m butterfly to contend on Friday, and she is adamant she will put on a better showing when she gets back to action in the capital.

“It’s a case of looking forward now and I’ve got the 100m on Friday and it’s a shorter event so hopefully I’ll do better there,” she added.

“There is extra motivation when you don’t do as well as you would like but it’s not straight away, it’s complete disappointment at the moment though.”

Elsewhere, Katie Laybourn made her debut in the big time. The 13-year-old, who qualified after some stunning results, was taking part in the 100m freestyle.

The Hartlepool Swimming Club prodigy finished her heat in 1:00.93 minutes, a PB, to be in 72nd place out of the 76 competitors.

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