VIDEO: Hartlepool swimmer Jemma Lowe on her gold medal at British Gas Championship in Sheffield

JEMMA Lowe struck gold at swimming’s British Gas Championships when she won the 200 metres butterfly final.

Lowe did not dominate the way she had in Sheffield 24 hours earlier when she won the heats and semi-final in convincing fashion.

CHAMPION:  Jemma Lowe

CHAMPION: Jemma Lowe

But the Hartlepool swimmer still had enough strength and skill to see off Bath’s Sophie Allen thanks to a good finish.

Lowe clocked two minutes, 9.25 seconds to win by three tenths of a second from Allen (2:09.57) with Tilly Gray almost a second further back in 2:10.45.

Despite gold at Ponds Forge, the former High Tunstall College of Science and English Martyrs Sixth Form College student was disappointed not to be more rapid.

“I felt I would go a lot faster,” she said. “My body just didn’t have it, I’m not really sure why.”

The victory means J Lo should be haeding to Barcelona next month for the World Championships.

The British Gas Championship doubles as the world trials and though GB are sending a smaller team to Spain in the aftermath the dismal British medal return at London 2012 it would be astonishing were the Swansea ITC swimmer not selected.

The 23-year-old was one of the few GB swimnmers not to disappoint at the Olympics and went to the World Short Course championships in December and returned home with two medals.