Carlin wins second silver for Team GBAugust 13, 2016
Jazz Carlin became the first British athlete to win two medals at Rio 2016 as her 800m Freestyle silver helped Team GB equal their best Olympic Games medal haul in the swimming pool since Los Angeles 1984.
Carlin, who was born in Swindon and represents Wales, entered the 800m Freestyle final ranked third from the heats. She was neck and neck with Hungary’s reigning European champion Boglarka Kapas, but gave it everything down the final 100m to take the silver.
Gold went to USA’s Katie Ledecky in a new world record time of 8:04.79 with Carlin 11.38 seconds behind on 8:16.17 and Kapas on 8:16.37.
The double Olympic silver medallist said: “It has taken a lot of time to get here and there have been times when I haven’t believed in myself but my family and the all of the support staff around me have believed in me from the bottom.”
So close for Proud
Ben Proud narrowly missed out on the podium in the Men’s 50m Freestyle, touching 21.68 for fourth.
The 21-year-old is only the second British man to compete in a 50m Olympic final, behind Mark Foster. The Plymouth Leader star had a good start but was slightly off the British record time he set in the semi’s to touch behind USA’s Nathan Adrian.
After the race, Proud commented: “When you train throughout the year you never know what shape you are in but this year I have had a great time with the 50m freestyle, breaking British records, so I knew it was going to be a good swim.
“I am still young and I have got a lot of developing to do and hopefully over the next couple of years I can get more strength in me and get up with the rest of them. It is a tough place to finish but no one is trying to get fourth.
“Four years isn’t that long to wait to come back again but there are a lot of competitions in that time to get focusing on and show my development.”
Halsall books place in 50m Freestyle final
After a delayed start to the race, Halsall kept her focus to win her 50m Freestyle semi-final in 24.41. The 26-year-old heads into the final ranked fourth and will be looking for a podium spot.
Halsall said: “It was nice to win my semi-final and it means I have earned myself the right to compete for a medal. That was what it was all about going through the rounds and making sure I have got a lane in the final.
“I have done that and fourth fastest is kind of the perfect place to be. One of the blue lanes is a little bit less stressful than the yellow ones in the middle so that is really nice. I couldn’t have asked for a better swim.
“I got in, won my race, so I am racing well, the morning felt really easy so if I can put the two together tomorrow I will be there or thereabouts I think.”