JEMMA Lowe admits she was a bundle of nerves on her last major global final – a year on and she insists she is perfectly placed to claim a medal at London 2012.
Just over 12 months ago Lowe was preparing for the 200m butterfly final at the World Championships in Shanghai, on that occasion the 22-year-old qualifying as the first fastest.
Fast forward to last night and Lowe was in the Olympic equivalent through the back door, reaching tonight’s final as the eighth and final qualifier after clocking 2:07.37minutes.
In the Far East last year Lowe could barely contain her nerves as she approached the 200m final, with certain quarters hanging a medal around her neck as soon the semi-finals had finished.
As it was roommate Ellen Gandy was the Brit that medalled, collecting silver, and with that experience in mind Lowe insists she would rather be written off than labelled as a medal favourite.
“I’m in the outside lane in the final, and I’m just going to give it everything I’ve got. The outside lane is perfect for me,” said Lowe – whose one and only event in London is the 200m butterfly.
“Last year in the middle lane at the World Championships I was really nervous and the pressure was high, but now I’m going to be a little more relaxed and just give it everything I’ve got.
“Hopefully it will be a good result. It is a final and in a final, anyone can do anything. I’m just going to give it my best and see what happens.
“You’ve got to have a lot of belief in yourself over that first 50m, because you can see people in front of you and you’ve just got to try and keep calm.”
While her roommate Gandy was toasting world 200m silver in Shanghai last year, Lowe painted the opposite picture as, despite going in fastest, she finished seventh.
Lowe doesn’t know whether the opposite will happen again but in her favour this year – although she is insisting that she has plenty more in the tank.
“I am really lucky but ready for the final. The final is really hard to get into but the finals are not always as fast as the semi-finals,” she added.
“I am just going to give it my best and see what happens. I feel like I have got a bit more in the bag for the final but you never know.”
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