Hartlepool & Wales swimmer Jemma Lowe finishes sixth in Commonwealth Games 100m butterfly final


JEMMA Lowe missed out on a medal in the Commonwealth Games 100m butterfly when she finished sixth in the final

The Hartlepool swimmer went into the two-length race at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre as the fifth fastest qualifier but was one place down on her ranking.

The title went to the excellent Canadian, Katerine Savard, who won in a Games record 57.40 seconds, edging out new England teenage sensation Siobhan O’Connor by just five hundredths of a second.

Young Aussie Emma McKeon clinched bronze in 57.66 seconds, beating compatriot and defending champion Alicia Coutts.

The race was an exciting one with a strong battle in the middle lanes between O’Connor, who led at the turn from Savard and Coutts.

Savard finished the stronger to take gold, with McKeon putting in a good burst to defeat Coutts.

For Lowe, a bronze medallist in this race four years ago in Delhi, she could not get close to going under 58 seconds, the time she knew was needed to get in the mix for the medals.

She was pipped to fifth by England’s Rachael Kelly (58.61), Lowe touching in 58.63.

Canada’s Audrey Lacroix was seventh with Australia’s former GB star Ellen Gandy last.

Lowe’s third Commonwealth Games is not over – the 24-year-old still has three events to go.

J Lo is entered in the 50 metres butterfly on Saturday and her favourite 200 on Monday with the relays to follow on Tuesday.

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