8 March 2013Great Britain's Jazmin Carlin sets 800m freestyle Welsh record in Leeds
Jazmin Carlin saluted her training regime after she took over a second off her own Welsh record on the way to victory in the 800m freestyle on the first day of the inaugural British Gas International Swimming Meet in Leeds.
The 22-year-old, who failed to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics last year after being hampered by glandular fever and tonsillitis, clocked 8:24.42 minutes for a new Welsh record and fastest time in the world this year.
That was over seven seconds faster than Eleanor Faulkner in second place with Hannah Miley a further three adrift in third with Carlin admitting the win proved to her that with hard work does come rewards.
“I’ve been training really hard and it has paid off with a best swim,” said Carlin. “I’m a determined person and, although last year was disappointing for me, I knew there was more to come and I have been working hard.
“I’ve had my tonsils out which has been a big help as I’ve struggled with related illnesses in the past. I’ve been working really well with my coach Bud [McAllister] and I think we have got the best out of my training.”
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