World bronze delights Lowe

Jemma Lowe.

Jemma Lowe.

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HARTLEPOOL’S Jemma Lowe picked up a bronze medal in the the 200m butterfly at the World Short-Course Championships in Istanbul last night.

The 22-year-old was sixth at the Olympics in the summer, but has a good short-course record having finished second at the last 25m worlds in Dubai two years ago.

Seventh fastest into the final, Lowe was unaffected by swimming from lane one, despite being unaware of what the expected contenders were doing.

She led at the 150m mark and, although she was overtaken by Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and 2012 Olympic champion Jiao Liuyang, she lowered her own British record to 2mins 03.19secs for bronze.

Lowe said: “I’m really pleased with that. I didn’t know what to expect after this morning when I was in that slow heat by myself and I just scraped into the final.

“Because I have won a medal previously at world short course I was really determined to get up there so I just gave it my very best tonight and I can’t believe how it worked out.”

Hannah Miley held off Olympic champ Ye Shiwen to claim Britain’s first gold medal, in the 400m individual medley.

But Olympic 200m breaststroke silver medallist Michael Jamieson was frustrated, despite setting a new personal best of 58.56 in the 100m breaststroke, only good enough for 12th.

Lizzie Simmonds was 10th in 58.34, although her focus is on the 200m.