SWIMMING: Record-breaker Carlin shines in Glasgow

JAZZ Carlin set the fastest 800m freestyle time in the world this year as she stormed to gold at the British Gas Swimming Championships this evening.

The 23-year-old former Wootton Bassett School pupil warmed up for this summer's Commonwealth Games by setting a new Welsh record of 8:18.36 in Glasgow to claim the second medal of her British Championships campaign.

Carlin, who won two medals at the 2010 Commonwealths in Dehli, was delighted to notch up a new personal best.

"I was really happy with that and quite surprised," said the Wales ace, who also won a silver medal in the 200m freestyle event last weekend.

"It was a strong time out there and I was racing the clock. I was aiming for an 8:23 and was surprised it was quicker.''

Carlin, who had already been selected for this summer's Commonwealth Games, said: "I really have been training hard through this meet so I'm really surprised. I was feeling a bit heavy and nervous but as soon as I went into the pool I just went for it.

"In the warm-up I was really, really rubbish and I was panicking a bit but as soon as I dived into the pool, you are in a race environment and get a bit excited, and I'm buzzing to come away with that time. I hope to go faster at the Commonwealths.''MORE ON THIS STORY IN THIS THURSDAY'S GAZETTE AND HERALD. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @gazsport



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