Jazz Carlin eyes Rio glory after Euro short course gold medals

By Dafydd JonesBBC Sport Wales
Jazz Carlin
Jazz Carlin the 800m at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Welsh swimmer Jazz Carlin aims to build on her success at the European Short Course Championships.

The 25-year-old won gold in the 800m freestyle and in the 400m freestyle at the Championships in Israel.

"It's been a good meet to be a part of and it's about building on that in an Olympic year," said the Commonwealth Games gold-medallist.

"Being on top of the podium is a bonus, it's just good race experience and practice for next year."

The 25-year-old beat rival Katinka Hosszu of Hungary by 0.03 seconds in the 400 freestyle and had to swim a new personal best time of three minutes 58.81 seconds.

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"It's nice to beat your best time and in that 400 especially, it was a really strong field so to finish on top of the podium is pretty special," added Carlin.

After missing the 2012 Olympics through illness and a resulting lack of form, Carlin wants to be at her best ahead of the Great Britain trials for Rio 2016 next April.

She added: "I'm hoping it's set me in a good place ahead of the next block of training which will lead in to the Olympic trials."

Carlin will next swim for Europe against the United States in the Duel in the Pool series which takes place in Indianapolis from December 11-12.

"I think the European team are in with a good chance," she said.

"The people I've raced against this week will be on my team so there'll be good rivalry, but hopefully we can stick together to help Europe win.

"Some of these girls I race against are my friends, but I also really want to beat them,

"Hopefully for the first year ever we can beat America."