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Carlin secures silver at European Championships

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Wales' Jazz Carlin has secured silver in the 800m freestyle at the European Championships.

Carlin was defending champion but had to settle for silver in 8:23.52 behind Boglarka Kapas of Hungary, who won in 8:21.40.

I would've loved to have got the gold, but I raced tough. It's about working hard and to race hard. You'll get those close races in Rio."

– Jazz Carlin


Jazz Carlin wins second British title

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Jazz Carlin won the women's 800m freestyle gold at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow but failed to dip below the qualifying time required for the Rio Olympic Games.

The Welsh swimmer touched the wall at 08:27.49 but the Olympic benchmark was set at 08:22.93.

Carlin, who won 200m freestyle gold on Monday and will race again in the 400m later in the week.

It is difficult. I want to be at my best and get on that Olympic team.

It has been a bit of a tussle for a couple of weeks. I have really put a lot of pressure on myself to not miss out on the Olympics, four years ago it was heart-breaking for me.

It has been tough and I just didn't feel myself, when you are racing tense you start to get a bit heavy.

– Jazz Carlin, British 200m and 800m freestyle champion

Wales' Carlin wins gold

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Jazz Carlin won gold in the 400 metres freestyle at the British Championships in a time fast enough to take her to the world championships in Kazan this summer.

The 24-year-old touched in a time of four minutes 03:51 seconds to banish her bad memories of the London Aquatics Centre and finish almost a second inside the qualification time for the prestigious world championships in July.

It was also Carlin's second-fastest time in this discipline and saw her achieve redemption after her failed qualification attempt for the London 2012 Olympics.

Swimming with glandular fever, she finished fourth in her heat and did not make it to her home Olympics - but this result went some way to softening that blow.

The last time I raced in this pool it didn't go the way I wanted.

But I'm a completely different swimmer now and I want to be building on that in the summer. I feel a lot stronger mentally, it is all about accepting the journey and the highs and lows - you have got to get used to that and become the best you can be. Hopefully the next couple of years can go my way.

It will be great to race people at the Worlds, they will be going even faster and I have to be on my game then. I'm really looking forward to it and I'm so glad I got my time.

– Jazz Carlin, 2014 Commonwealth 800m freestyle gold medallist


Bid to get children swimming

The scheme is already running in six areas. Credit: Axel Heimken/DPA/PA Images

One in four children in Wales can't swim well enough.

That's according to Swim Wales which is aiming to help all children become swimmers by 2020.

Its 'Making Waves in Wales' campaign aims to drive awareness amongst parents and encourage local authorities to sign up to the Swim Wales Aqua Passport scheme.

Swim Wales says it uses digital technology to help children become competent swimmers and develop an understanding of water safety and personal survival skills.

Children participating will be able to enter an online world called Aqua Dragons where they can play games and see their progress in the pool turn into online trophies.

Tenby hosts 43rd annual Boxing Day swim

People continue the tradition and brave the cold Welsh waters every year Credit: Tenby Sea Swimming Association

Hundreds are bracing themselves to take part in annual Boxing Day swims across the country.

Among those is the Tenby Boxing Day Swim, which is now its 43rd year.

Organised by the Tenby Sea Swimming Association, it's become one of Britain's top festive highlights.

Hundreds are expected to take part and watch the wintry spectacle.

A high tide this year means that space on the sands will be at a premium, but as a bonus, the brave bathers will only have a short sprint to the sea when they dash for the waters at 11.30am.

Known as much for its wild and wacky fancy dress as its fundraising and camaraderie, this year’s event features the costume theme of Pantomime.

Over 1,000 people took part in yesterday's Christmas morning swim in Porthcawl.

A New Years Day swim is also due to take place in Saundersfoot on Wednesday.

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