Great Britain is bringing its strongest group of athletes in years to the 2015 FINA World Championships, as names like Adam Peaty, Fran Halsall, Hannah Miley and Chris Walker-Hebborn headline the roster. Another big-time player on the women’s side in the distance freestyle events is Jaz Carlin, but the 24-year old’s schedule is one event shy than what was expected.
Carlin is positioned as the second seed headed into Kazan in both the 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle events, ranked only behind American powerhouse and world record holder Katie Ledecky. Surprisingly, though, the Welsh swimmer is missing from the women’s 1500m freestyle race, where her best time of this year, 16:09.69 from Canet, would have logged her as the event’s 9th seed.
As such, GBR teammate Jessica Thielmann is the lone representative in the women’s 1500m freestyle event where she is ranked 11th with her time of 16:15.74. That registers as Thielmann’s personal best, where her fastest of 2015 is the 16:23.23 performance from Canet.
For her part, Carlin may be content with just the two events if only to mentally get past the disappointment of 2012 where her glandular fever affliction left her unable to qualify for the London Olympic Games. Carlin then missed out on a medal at the 2013 World Championships by just .14 of a second. Of the experience, Carlin reflects, “I nearly walked away from the sport after missing out on 2012. It really does make you appreciate everything. I think once you’ve gone through the hard times, it really does make you realize how much you’ve gone through and how much you appreciate what you do.”
Regarding her training a preparation going into this year’s edition of Worlds, however, Carlin told Wales Online, “I’ve been really happy with how things are going. For me, whenever you go to a big competition internationally, you really want to be at your best and be on the podium. I’m looking forward to the World Championships, that’s why you do all the training and I can’t wait to get going.”
The women’s 400m freestyle event is scheduled for Sunday, August 2nd, with the 800m freestyle being contested on Saturday, August 8th.