Hartlepool and Wales swimmer Jemma Lowe warms up for Commonwealth Games with gold and silver at British Gas International


JEMMA Lowe has warmed up for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in style with two medals at the British Gas International.

The 24-year-old, who will be representing Wales at the games in Glasgow, struck gold in the 200 metres butterfly in Manchester, where she also won silver in the 100.

Her performances have been a perfect preparation for her third visit to the Commonwealths after swimming in Melbourne in 2006 and Delhi four years ago.

Lowe was at her best in the 200 fly, winning convincingly in two minutes, 10.89 seconds.

The Hartlepool swimmer, who is based in Bath, led at the end of the first, second and third lengths to beat Manchester’s Georgia Barton (2:12.49) by 1.6 seconds.

Plymouth teenager Charlotte Atkinson was third in (2:13.37).

J Lo then faced a due with rival Rachael Kelly in the 100 final.

The former High Tunstall College of Science pupil and English Martyrs Sixth Form student had beaten Kelly 12 months ago in the British Gas Championship in a thriller in Sheffield.

But today Kelly had her revenge, edging out Lowe by just four tenths of a second.

Lowe was seven hundredths of a second up on the Loughbourough University student when she touched at the turn.

But Kelly finished well over the last 50 metres to snatch victory in 58.76 seconds, with the European and World short-course championship medallist second in 59.16.

Atkinson again had to settle for bronze in (1:00.32).

The Commonwealth Games starts in Glasgow on July 23.