Jazmin Carlin Battling “Ghosts of the Past” At British Trials (Video)


As was the story earlier in the meet with her 200m freestyle victory, Jazmin Carlin‘s 800m freestyle win was bittersweet. She earned a national title, yes, but fell short of the British automatic-qualifying time for Rio. Her 800m free does, however, fall within the 2% consideration standard, which may bode well for the 25-year-old given that just 4 swimmers have logged British Olympic-qualifying standards over the 3 days of competition.

Carlin will do her best to avoid missing out on another Olympic Games, as she did due to illness in 2012, and clock the right mark in the 400m freestyle, her final individual event of the meet.

As originally reported by Loretta Race:


  • British Record – 8:14.10, Rebecca Adlington (2008)
  • 1st Place OLY Standard – 8:22.93
  • 2% Consideration – 8:27.12
  • The Podium –
    • Jazmin Carlin, 8:27.49
    • Camilla Hattersley, 8:30.99
    • Keri-Anne Payne, 8:34.03

Although Jazmin Carlin snatched up her 2nd British Title of the meet, she once again wasn’t able to clock the British Olympic standard. First it was the 200 freestyle, tonight it was the 800 freestyle, where Carlin stopped the clock at 8:27.49 to fall well over 4 seconds from the 8:22.93 first place standard. Carlin does, however, fall within the 2% consideration time, so she very well may be safe to go in this event.

Overall, Carlin is having a rather disappointing meet, having won this event last year in a time of 8:21.58. Carlin also cranked out a super swift 8:18.15 to earn the bronze medal in the event at the 2015 FINA World Championships, so tonight was a sluggish performance for the 25-year-old.

Surging to 2nd place from her 3rd place finish after prelims was 20-year-old Camilla Hattersley, who earned a personal best by 3 full seconds, registering a time of 8:30.99.

Veteran swimmer Keri-Anne Payne from Warrander claimed bronze in 8:34.03.

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8 years ago

Carlin is not inside the 2% time.

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Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

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