Countdown to Rio: Swimmer Jazz Carlin

09 August 2014 / 09:15

Home nations enjoyed their most successful Commonwealth Games ever in Glasgow. But who were the stars of the Games, whose targets have now been reset on the road to Rio - with the Olympics just two years away?

Two years ago Jazz Carlin watched the London Olympics unfold form her sofa, dreaming of what might have been.

But there was gold medal redemption at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

An untimely bout of glandular fever meant Carlin failed to qualify for the Olympics but she went some way to righting that wrong as she took 800m freestyle gold in a Games record 8:18.11.

She paced her race to perfection, swapping the lead with New Zealand's Lauren Boyle before surging clear in the decisive closing lengths, becoming the first Welsh woman to win a swimming gold in 40 years.

“Glasgow was a real confidence booster after a tough couple of years," said Carlin, who is part of the British team for the forthcoming European Championships in Berlin.

“Not least because what I want is to make Team GB and be challenging for medals in Rio in 2016.

“Coming away with a gold medal, you really appreciate what you’ve been through. It makes it feel so much better that you’ve overcome some real lows, some hard times. I think that’s why I was crying so much when I was on the podium."

Other stars of Glasgow 2014 looking to travel on the road to Rio

Ross Murdoch (Swimming)

Claudia Fragapane (Gymnastics)

Matthew Hudson-Smith (Athletics)

Zoe Smith (Weightlifting)

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