Olympic qualification joy for Lincoln's Kate Haywood

Kate Haywood
Kate began her career swimming for Lincoln Vulcans

Swimmer Kate Haywood could barely contain her joy after winning a place in the Olympic team for London 2012.

Grimsby-born Haywood, 24, won the 100m breaststroke inside the qualifying mark at the British Championships.

She told BBC Sport: "This is my last year so to be able to come and do it at a home Olympics is amazing."

It will be her second attempt at the Olympics having swum at the Beijing 2008 games where she reached the 100m breaststroke semi-final.

Her mother Carolyn, who travelled from her home in Lincolnshire, was in the crowd to see her daughter and said: "It's been awful the last two days as I've been nervous and wound up.

"I didn't think she'd do it but she did and it's brilliant."

Kate Haywood plans to spend some time in England before returning to her new home in Australia where she trains alongside world champion Leisel Jones.

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