ECSTASY turned into agony for Jemma Lowe on day five of the World Championships in China – but she has vowed to use it as inspiration to swap it back the other way at next year’s Olympics.
Lowe entered yesterday’s 200m butterfly final at Shanghai’s Oriental Sports Centre as the fastest qualifier following a storming semi-final swim, where she clocked a time of 2:06.30minutes, on Wednesday.
And indeed Lowe looked likely to follow that up with a medal in a dramatic final after touching the wall at the halfway mark in third however she fell away in the latter stages and had to be content with seventh.
China’s Jiao Liuyang, swimming in the least favourable lane one, led from start to finish win ahead of Lowe’s teammate and roommate Ellen Gandy by just four hundredths of a second in 2:05.55.
Jiao’s teammate Liu Zige claimed bronze, much to the delight of the home crowd, in 2:05.90 with Lowe less than a second off a medal – a situation which will inspire her to turn the tables at London 2012.
“I’m quite disappointed with that after going in fastest, I was really hopeful and I was getting quite excited but it wasn’t to be,” said Lowe.
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