Jazz Carlin: “It’s Great To Be Back After Rio”


Two-time Olympic silver medalist in Rio, Jazz Carlin, got the job done last night in the women’s 800m freestyle notching a winning mark of 8:30.56. Although well outside the automatic and consideration standards set by British Swimming, Carlin was happy to have a great returning reception in Sheffield.

As originally reported:


  • FINA A – 8:38.56
  • British 1st place standard – 8:20.18
  • British consideration standard – 8:26.19
  • The Podium:
    • Jazz Carlin – 8:30.56
    • Holly Hibbott – 8:31.78
    • Camilla Hattersley – 8:36.42

Well off her silver medal-winning time of 8:16.17 from Rio, Jazz Carlin still cranked out a win in the women’s 800m freestyle tonight, touching in a solid 8:30.56 for gold. In her first 800m freestyle race since the Olympics, Carlin took several months off of swimming entirely, so the 26-year-old is simply enjoying racing again and getting back into her groove.

Following along on Carlin’s hip the entire way was World Junior Championship bronze medalist in this event, Holly Hibbott. Hibbott charged along with Carlin from start to finish, touching the wall just over a second behind in 8:31.78. That’s only .2 off of her own personal best of 8:31.56 from Singapore and a vast improvement on her 7th place finish at this same meet in 2016. Hibbott won the Target Tokyo 200m freestyle final last night in 2:00.58.

Bronze went to Camilla Hattersley of the City of Glasgow, who rounded out tonight’s podium in 8:36.42. Hattersley finished in 2nd place last year in a mark of 8:30.99.

With no woman placing under the British consideration standard, it appears to be unlikely that GBR will have an 800m freestyle representative in Budapest.

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mark schwartz

Help me out here. Does this mean that Ms. Carlin will not be swimming in Budapest?


Depends on selectors bending their rules. She’s qualified as far as FINA is concerned but we won’t know until after the meet. My guess is no and it will be mutual decision. She’ll focus on CWG next April.


Are the CWG more prestigious than WC for British and Australian swimmers? Jasmine Carlin will be 27 this year. How many years is she going to swim competitively to skip WC?
Or she doesn’t see any attraction in putting so many efforts in preparation for tough competition for the second or even third place when at CWG it will be exciting and pleasant “walking in the park”. If it is so then it is too sad – she is the only one who’s swum faster than Janet Evans during last twenty years. That is exceptionally rare feat.

Mark S. Schwartz

That is disappointing. She swam so well in Rio. I felt she was poised to shake things up a bit in Budapest. Oh well, she has people whom she trusts and I expect they have her best interests in mind. One would think however that she could swim in both meets.

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