Jazmin Carlin: “This Means Everything”


After having missed out on a London Olympic berth due to suffering from mono in 2012, Jazmin Carlin was looking for some redemption in the form of clocking a qualifying time here in Glasgow to punch her ticket to Rio.

However, things started out a little rocky for the Bath University swimmer, as Carlin came up short in both the women’s 200m freestyle and 800m freestyle events earlier in the week. Thus, tonight was her 3rd and final attempt to add her name to the British Olympic roster in an individual event and she was able to get the job done, winning the 400m free in a time of 4:04.33.

“I feel as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulders”, the 2015 FINA World Championship 800 freestyle bronze medalist said in her post-race interview. “This means everything.”

Video courtesy of British Swimming.

As originally reported by Loretta Race:


  • British Record – Joanne Jackson, 4:00.60, 2009
  • 1st Place OLY Standard – 4:04.66
  • 2% Consideration – 4:07.41
  • The Podium –
    • Jazmin Carlin, 4:04.33 (*Automatic*)
    • Eleanor Faulkner, 4:09.87
    • Alice Dearing, 4:11.35

The 3rd time proved to be the charm for Bath University’s Jazmin Carlin who finally clocked her Rio-qualifying mark in the women’s 400m free after missing out on the 200m free and 800m free standards earlier in the meet. Heartbreak was in Carlin’s memory as she was stricken with mono back in 2012, which impacted her not making that team, but she persevered and got it done tonight in a time of 4:04.33, .33 of a second inside of the British automatic-qualifying standard.

Carlin, who now ranks as the 5th-fastest swimmer in the world in this event his season, couldn’t hold back the tears as she touched the wall and realized she had conquered the race and punched her ticket to Rio.

Runner-up was Sheffield’s Eleanor Faulkner, who improved on her 4:13.90 prelim time to register a 4:09.87. Alice Dearing from Loughborough clinched bronze in 4:11.35.

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Congratulations to Jazz! All of your hard work and dedication has paid off! Hoping you get a medal.


As I said, writing her off based on the 800 was premature. It was a huge deal for her and she struggled – Great way to bounce back.

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