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Jazz Carlin

Double Olympic Silver medallist, Commonwealth & European Swimming Champion


9 September 2014Welsh swimmer Jazz Carlin named Sportswoman of Month for August

Carlin claimed 41% of the vote as she finished ahead of gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who polled 31%.

Liverpool and England Ladies midfielder Fara Williams was third with 16% of the votes cast.

Swindon-born Carlin won gold medals in both the 400m and 800m freestyle at the recent European Championships in Berlin to cap an incredible summer.

At the end of July, the 23-year-old became the first Welsh swimmer to win a Commonwealth title for 40 years after her triumph in the 800m freestyle at Glasgow 2014.

A delighted Carlin spoke to the first Sportswomen show this season, live on Tuesday morning, and admitted winning August’s award had come as a surprise.

“It was completely unexpected,” she said. “There was obviously a really strong group of girls up for the nomination and to come out on top is absolutely amazing.

“It’s a great end to an amazing summer.”

Carlin had medalled at previous Commonwealths and Europeans but hadn’t claimed gold prior to this summer. She pointed to a regular training regime as being the key to her recent successes.

She said: “I think having a consistent block of training (has helped me scale new heights).

“Leading into the 2012 Olympic trials I was really struggling with illness. I think after having my tonsils removed I just felt really fit and in good shape.

“Along with my drive and determination to do bigger things - it makes it really exciting for the next couple of years ahead.”

Carlin said the highlight of her summer was winning the first of her two gold medals in Glasgow earlier this summer in the 800m freestyle.

She added: “My first gold medal representing Wales in the 800m freestyle was an incredible moment and I got to share it with a lot of my family and friends who came to watch.

“I’ve had quite a tough year. My coach moved to Australia and I’ve had to do a lot of training by myself. I’ve had to be really self-motivated and I think that was the best moment because it all paid off and made it all worth it then.”

This story was provided by Sky Sports