Carlin reaches freestyle final

  • Last Updated: July 29 2014, 21:35 BST

Jazz Carlin moved safely into the 400 metres freestyle final little over 12 hours after becoming the first Welsh woman in 40 years to win Commonwealth Games swimming gold.

Jazz Carlin of Wales reaches the final of the 400m freestyle
Jazz Carlin of Wales reaches the final of the 400m freestyle

Jazz Carlin set up a double gold medal attempt when she moved safely into the 400 metres freestyle final on the final day of Glasgow 2014 swimming action.

Little over 12 hours after becoming the first Welsh woman in 40 years to win Commonwealth Games swimming gold, the Swansea swimmer came third in her heat behind Canadian Brittany MacLean and Scotland's Hannah Miley.

New Zealand's Lauren Boyle, the woman Carlin beat to silver in the 800m final, was the fastest qualifier while England's Ellie Faulkner claimed the last place in tonight's final.

After waiting 40 years for a second female Comownealth swimming champion, Wales could have a third tonight when Georgia Davies races in the 50m backstroke after breaking the Games record twice on Monday.

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor is also looking to match a record if she represents England in the women's 100m medley relay final, although she did not appear in the heats as England finished second-fastest behind a strong Australia side.

The 18-year-old has won five medals so far at Glasgow 2014, including gold in the 200 metres individual medley on Sunday night, and can emulate the accomplishments of two rhythmic gymnasts, Patricia Bezzoubenko of Canada and Francesca Jones of Wales, by winning six in the same Games.

South African Chad le Clos could do the same having reached the final of the 200m individual medley, although he was taken down by Scottish hero Daniel Wallace in his heat.

Wallace, who took gold in the 400m, overtook the 10-time Commonwealth medallist during a brilliant breaststroke leg to record the second fastest time of the four heats behind Australia's Daniel Tranter.

Welshman Ieuan Lloyd beat 400m silver medallist Thomas Fraser-Holmes of Australia in his heat to qualify for the final along with England pair Roberto Pavoni and Joe Roebuck.

England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all qualified for both medley relay finals this morning and there is further chance for home nations success in the men's 50m and 1500m freestyle finals.

England's Ben Proud was the fastest qualifier in the sprint on Monday and there are four Britons in the long-distance race. Scottish teenager Stephen Milne was second-fastest in qualifying while Daniel Jervis of Wales and English pair Daniel Fogg and Jay Lelliott are also competing.

Scottish Swimming head coach Graham Wardell has urged all his athletes to believe they can add to the host nation's nine-medal haul in the pool.

"I just hope we have done what we have done all week," he said. "Once you get into the final, anything is a medal chance, so I want people to race tough and show what we're capable of. We have shown that in the other five days."