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Jazz Carlin

Double Olympic Silver medallist, Commonwealth & European Swimming Champion


17 March 2011Rebecca Adlington gives Jazmin Carlin motivation

Jazmin Carlin says Rebecca Adlington is the perfect team-mate and rival to help her strive to reach her potential in time for the 2012 London Olympics.

Carlin, 20, finished second to Adlington in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle at the British Championships.

"She spurs me on," Carlin told BBC Wiltshire. "I'm still improving, my times are getting faster and I'm still young, so that keeps me going.

"I've got to keep working hard and hopefully that will pay off next year."

The Wiltshire swimmer's efforts in Manchester, where she set personal bests and Welsh records in the 400m and 800m, means she has booked her place in all three events for July's World Championships in Shanghai.

And while double Olympic champion Adlington, 22, took the headlines, Carlin pushed her all the way in Manchester, most notably in the 200m where she touched just 0.13 seconds off gold.

Carlin picked up two medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, winning silver in the 200m, ahead of Adlington, and bronze in the 400m.

As long as I'm working hard and enjoying it there's room for improvement

Jazmin Carlin
And she feels she has reaped the reward for an intensive winter programme in Swansea where she has focused on her stamina with distance training.

"It was tough with Keri-Anne Payne and Becky Adlington, but to come away with the times I did, I'm really happy with how the week went and it was nice to get the qualification in early for the Worlds," added Carlin.

"I'm training hard and with the Olympics so close I think there's more to come. As long as I'm working hard and enjoying it there's room for improvement."

Carlin's efforts also secured her a spot in the 4x200m women's freestyle squad for the World Championships, which run from 16-31 July, with the swimming events starting on 24 July.

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