Jemma Lowe beats Rachael Kelly to win 200 metre butterfly gold for Hartlepool at British Gas Championships

WINNER: Jemma Lowe
WINNER: Jemma Lowe

JEMMA Lowe has completed a dream British swimming double and is surely heading to the World Championships in Barcelona.

The sensational Hartlepool sportswoman was a convincing winner tonight in the 100 metres butterfly final at the British Gas Championships in Sheffield.

Lowe triumphed in a time of 58.02 seconds at Ponds Forge to add the 100 metres title to the 200 crown she won on Wednesday night at the World Championship trials.

It was a brilliant swim from the 23-year-old, the only slight disappointment being she was agonisingly outside the 58-second barrier.

“I haven’t managed to do a 57-second race since 2011, so obviously I really want to do that and my dream is to get to 56 before I retire,” she told SportMail on Friday night ahead of the final.

And she gave it a really good go this evening.

J Lo was second at the half-way stage, Rachael Kelly touching at the turn in 27.31 seconds, just 0.11 in front of the Swansea ITC swimmer.

But Lowe came flying back in a rapid 30.6 seconds to beat Kelly into second place.

Kelly (Loughborough Univ) clocked 58.49 seconds with her team-mate, Tilly Gray, picking up bronze a further second back in 59.4.

It has been a masterclass from the two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in Sheffield.

Lowe has won all six of her races, the two finals being especially sweet victories.

Post-London 2012, GB swimming will be taking a smaller team than usual to the worlds in Spain.

However, it would be a major shock should J Lo not get picked in her events, in which she has the qualifying time in both.

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