Hartlepool swimmer Jemma Lowe speeds into British Gas Championship 100m butterfly semi in Sheffield


JEMMA Lowe complained about being too slow in her 200 metre butterfly triumph at swimming’s British Gas championship in Sheffield.

But there were no such problems on a Friday morning at Ponds Forge, where she topped the qualifying times in the 100 metres butterfly heats.

Lowe clocked a rapid 58.64 seconds with the Hartlepool star one of only two swimmers to go under the one-minute mark.

J Lo reached the turn in 27.44 seconds – the fastest of the morning – and came down the final 50 metres of water to win with consummate ease.

Rachael Kelly was the only other swimmer to break the minute-mark, but was almost a minute adrift on 59.51.

Lowe will swim in the semis tonight with the final taking place tomorrow.

The 23-year-old, who trains at Swansea ITC, was upset on Thursday night despite winning gold in the 200 metre butterfly gold.

Her winning time of 2:09.25 minutes was marginally outside the qualifying time.

Working in her favour is the fact that she did duck under the required mark in her semi-final race, ensuring that all is not lost and she could yet compete in the distance in which she finished sixth at the London 2012 Olympics at the selectors’ discretion.

SEE Friday’s Mail for more from Jemma Lowe