Lowe goes third in world rankings

Jemma Lowe celebrates with her gold medal and trophy after winning the Women's Open 200m Butterfly Final alongside silver medalist Elena Sheridan of Romford Town (left) and Bronze medalist Tilly Gray of Loughborough University (right) during the ASA National Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield
Jemma Lowe celebrates with her gold medal and trophy after winning the Women's Open 200m Butterfly Final alongside silver medalist Elena Sheridan of Romford Town (left) and Bronze medalist Tilly Gray of Loughborough University (right) during the ASA National Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield

HARTLEPOOL’s Jemma Lowe produced her second world-class swim of the week to go third in the world rankings with a storming 200m butterfly at the British Gas ASA National Championships in Sheffield.

Lowe – swimming for Swansea Performance – pipped European multi-medallist Fran Halsall earlier in the week in the 100m event by just 0.01secs.

Last night, however, she completely dismantled the opposition from the start, winning by 5.71secs in two minutes 05.36 seconds.

It lifted her above fellow Briton Ellen Gandy, who had already qualified for Shanghai, in the world rankings.

Lowe, clearly benefiting from her move to south Wales following a stint in Florida, said: “I am really happy. It’s really exciting I’m near the top of the world.”

The four-day competition doubled as the second stage of trials for next month’s World Championships in Shanghai with 16 swimmers adding their names to the 21 who had already qualified for the Great Britain team at the first time of asking in Manchester in March.

The final selection will be announced on Monday, and with the composition of the relay squads to be considered, a team of around 40 will go to China.