Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Duo Push through to Get to Olympics; SWIMMING

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Duo Push through to Get to Olympics; SWIMMING

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ELLEN GANDY and Jemma Lowe both pushed through the pain barrier to qualify for the Olympic team in a 200 metres butterfly race where the final 25m felt like "swimming uphill" at the Aquatics Centre last night.

World silver medallist Gandy flew through the first 150m and was 1.84 seconds inside Katinka Hosszu's European record from 2009 at the final turn.

However, the 20-year-old paid for such a pace and the last 25m were excruciating with Lowe catching her, but ultimately Gandy held on to touch in two minutes 06.01 seconds, adding a berth in the 200m to the two-length race she won earlier this week.

Double world finalist Lowe was 0.36secs adrift with both women well within the qualifying time, with Jess Dickons placing third.

Gandy admitted the race pace had not been planned, saying: "I was so unbelievably nervous before that race.

"I thought I'd be more relaxed because I was on the team for the 100m and I felt I was going to faint in the call room. …

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