Jemma Lowe helps Team GB into 4x100 medley final at Olympics


JEMMA LOWE was back in the Olympics pool again today when she helped Great Britain reach the final of the 4x100 metre medley final.

The Hartlepool swimmer, who finished sixth in the 200 metres individual butterfly final on Wednesday night, was not originally selected for the team event.

But GB swimming bosses this morning rested 100 metre girl Ellen Gandy and picked Lowe instead.

And the move paid off handsomely as J-Lo impressed during the butterfly leg of the race, clocking a rapid 57.56 seconds for her 100 metres in the water.

GB finished fifth in three minutes 59.37 seconds in their heat behind runaway winners Australia (3:55.42), Japan, Denmark and USA.

They were the sixth fastest overall with the Netherlands fifth in the standings following their victory in heat one.

In the 4x100 metre medley, the backstroke is the opening leg, Gemma Spofforth, swimming that for Britain, clocking 1:00.02.

Siobahn O’Connor, swimming the breastroke, took Britain through in fifth before Lowe dived in for the third leg.

The 22-year-old clocked 26.52 for her opening length before coming back in 31.04 to hand over to Amy Smith with GB still fifth.

And Smith kept GB flying with a strong swim on the freestyle leg as Britain retained fifth place.

The only disappointment for J-Lo – and Smith – was the prospect of Britain restoring their original picks for tonight’s final with Gandy and Fran Halsall set to come in for the butterfly and front crawl legs.

But even if Lowe misses out she has the satisfaction of knowing her last swim at the London Aquatic Centre was a successful one.

And, even if she does not swim this evening, and GB come in the top three she would earn a medal.