JEMMA LOWE today insisted there is no way she’ll be hanging up her goggles after London 2012 despite her home Games ending in disappointment.
Lowe finished a fighting sixth in the 200m butterfly final in the Aquatic Centre as Jiao Liuyang from China took gold in a new Olympic record time of 2:04.06 minutes.
At 22 Lowe is a spring chicken in the civilian world but, as London 2012 has so pointedly illustrated, in swimming terms she will be approaching veteran status in Rio in four years time.
China’s Ye Shiwen at 16 has been one of the stars of the Games with 400m and 200m medley gold while America’s teen sensation Missy Franklin’s medal tally is three and counting.
In addition to those displays 15-year-old Lithuanian breaststroker Ruta Meilutyte has also claimed gold already in the pool in the capital.
But Lowe however insists she is far from concerned about the ticking clock and is adamant that she can become a three-time Olympian in Rio.
“I’ve definitely got my hopes on Brazil still and that is something that I want to go to,” she said.
“I’m still quite young and I’ve got more to give, so let’s see what the future brings.
“After the race of course my first emotion was that I was disappointed because I didn’t manage to realise my dream in the end.
“But I am also happy and proud with my performance at the end of the day.
“I didn’t realise my dream to get on the podium and be an Olympic medallist.
“But at the same time I am happy that I can say that I made an Olympic final for the second time.
“I am overwhelmed with everything that has happened, being in a final at the home Olympics with the crowd – it was a fantastic experience.
“It has all gone really quick and has been an amazing experience.”
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