Commonwealth Games medal dream still on for Hartlepool and Wales swimmer Jemma Lowe

FOCUSED:' Jemma Lowe ahead of the 100m butterfly Semi-Final
FOCUSED:' Jemma Lowe ahead of the 100m butterfly Semi-Final

JEMMA Lowe can give it everything in the pool in Glasgow knowing even if she misses out on a medal in the 100 metres butterfly her favourite event is still to come.

Lowe races this evening in the final of the 100 butterfly, looking to claim a place on the podium, just as she did in the same event in Delhi in 2010, when she was beaten by Alicia Coutts and Ellen Gandy, who, ironically will be up against her again at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

It will be a tough assignment for the 24-year-old from Hartlepool.

On paper, you would say that J Lo, swimming for Wales at her third Commonwealth Games, is very much an outsider for a medal here.

The former High Tunstall College of Science and English Martyrs Sixth Form College student was fifth fastest in the two semi-finals, clocking 58.47 seconds, an improvement of 0.14 seconds from yesterday morning’s heats.

Three of the four faster girls went below 58 seconds yesterday and Lowe believes “57-something” will be the magic time required tonight.

Lowe has been below 58 seconds before, but not this year, while England’s Siobhan O’Connor (57.57), Katerine Savard, from Canada, (57.83) and Aussie legend Coutts (57.93) all dipped underneath it in Glasgow.

J Lo won’t be defeatist but she’s a bright girl and a realist.

“I got a bronze last time – so I’d like to do that again, or maybe better,” she said yesterday. “You’re always looking for improvements, so I’ll be hoping to improve from the last Commonwealths.

“I think the 200 might give me the best opportunity (of getting a medal) because I don’t think the competition in that is quite as strong as it is in the 100.

“But we’ll see what happens because you never know what can happen in the 100.”

Lowe has a ton of experience – she has been in two 100m Olympic finals, finishing sixth in Beijing and London, and been in World Championship finals.

The Bath-based swimmer also boasts an incredible NINE medals from World and European short-course championships.

At the age of 24 with eight years at the top of the sport, she knows what she is doing – should she get her race tactics right and others don’t then do not rule out a J Lo medal.

It could come down to a bad turn or someone going out too quick .

Lowe knows her best chance is still to come – the 200 metres on Monday when we could witness a four-length derby battle with in-form Middlesbrough swimmer Aimee Willmott, who was beaten to the gold medal in the 400 metres individual medley by Scottish star Hannah Miley last night.

But don’t write off Jemma for tonight – she is a Poolie and she’s a racer.