Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Struggling Jackson Planning a Break from Swimming

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Struggling Jackson Planning a Break from Swimming

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JO Jackson revealed she will be taking a break from swimming after London 2012 - but she refused to state whether her exile would be permanent or temporary, writes TOM REYNOLDS.

The 25-year-old's disclosure came after she failed to reach the final of the 400m freestyle on the second morning at the Olympic Aquatics Centre in the capital.

It marks a painful four-year cycle for Jackson, who at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 was celebrating winning bronze in the 400m alongside winner and best friend Rebecca Adlington.

Her issues with asthma leading to injury have been well documented and, despite still having a role to play in Britain's 4x200m freestyle relay team, it appears her career is nearing its end. Jackson did confirm London 2012 would be her third and final Olympic appearance but would not go as far to say it would be her last outing in the pool.

Derwentside-born Jackson said: "It is probably going to be my last Olympics so I wanted to go out on a high but things have not gone well for me for a few years..

"Will I retire? At the moment never say never. I am going to have a few months to relax and if I miss it I can always come back.

"At the same time I don't know what I would do if I was not part of the British team, I have been on it since 2003." Jackson clocked a time of 4:11.50 minutes in the 400m freestyle heats - ranking her down in 21st and almost six seconds away from reaching the medal showdown.

Adlington only scraped into the final herself, taking the eighth and final spot, as French favourite Camille Muffat clocked 4:03.29 to qualify as the fastest out of the heats.

Jackson, who won double silver at the 2009 Rome World Championships, her last individual major medals, was clearly unhappy with her outing. She added: "I was really disappointed with that. I believed I could come here and go a lot quicker. …

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