Swimmer Siobhan-Marie O'Connor has picked up a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, making her the first athlete based at the University of Bath to win the top spot. She finished nearly two seconds ahead of her nearest rival claiming her third medal of the week, previously having won two relay bronze medals.
The win also means O'Connor has become the first woman ever to successfully defend the Commonwealth Games 200m individual medley title.
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, who has trained at the University of Bath Sports Training Village since she was a child, admits she had struggled to find her focus since winning IM silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“The time wasn’t my best but it’s just such an amazing feeling. “It’s been a bit of a struggle over the past 18 months [since Rio] so I wanted to come here, defend my title and get my confidence back, and I’m so happy with that.”
However, she looked back to her best in the Optus Aquatic Centre as, after qualifying fastest from the heats, she quickly took control of the final with a rapid butterfly leg.
She brushed the lane rope a couple of times during the backstroke but that failed to knock her out of her stride and she continued to pull away in the breaststroke and freestyle, finishing more than a body length clear of the field in 2:09.80.
“I really needed that performance"