Jazz Carlin: Team GB swimmer motivated for Rio by European silver medals

Jazz Carlin
Jazz Carlin won gold and silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Jazz Carlin says missing out on gold medals at the European Swimming Championships makes her even more determined ahead of the Rio Olympics.

The 25-year-old, double gold medallist at the 2014 European Championships, had to settle for silver in both the 400m and 800m freestyle in London.

Carlin will be making her Olympic debut and believes her second-place finishes will help her preparation.

"That gives me even more motivation for Rio," said the Commonwealth champion.

"Obviously I'm just that little bit off gold, but you know what I'm going to put everything into training now and hopefully I can put it right in Rio."

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Former Olympic silver medallist Sharron Davies has said Carlin needs to believe in herself if she is to succeed in Rio this summer.

Carlin is determined to feature for Team GB this time around after illness robbed her of a place in London 2012.

"Obviously for me missing out on the Olympics [four years ago] was hard to take and when it's a home Olympics it does make it that bit harder.

"I do feel lucky that four years later I'm actually on that team and I'm glad I got back and had the motivation to carry on because it could have easily gone the other way and I could have said 'that's it'."

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Despite the threat of the Zika virus affecting the games, Carlin is not worried ahead of travelling to Rio.

"Some people think we're robots and we don't worry about that sort of stuff. It's natural to think about those sort of things and to think what could happen," she said.

"We've got to put our trust in the BOA and Team GB will be doing everything they can to make sure we're all right out there."

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