Amy savours silver success in Glasgow

England’s Fran Halsall, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Rebecca Turner and Amy Smith show off their 100m freestyle relay medals. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

England’s Fran Halsall, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Rebecca Turner and Amy Smith show off their 100m freestyle relay medals. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

First published in Sportsview

SWIMMING star Amy Smith made a splash at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games by scooping two silver medals.

The 27-year-old from Kidderminster experienced a tournament of highs and lows at the Tollcross International Centre.

She tasted double relay success before experiencing mixed results in the individual races.

Smith made a perfect start on the tournament’s opening day as she was part of the England quartet which took silver in the 100m freestyle relay final.

Smith swam the third leg as the awesome foursome clocked up a British record time of three minutes and 35.72 seconds, while Australia took gold in a world-record time of 3-30.98.

Silver followed the second places in Melbourne and Delhi.

She scooped her second medal in Tuesday night’s medley relay final.

The Loughborough-based swimmer raced in the qualifying heats before Lauren Quigley, Sophie Taylor, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Fran Halsall were pipped into second by Australia, who set an impressive Games record of 3-56.23.

But under new Commonwealth Games rules, all members of a relay squad are eligible for a medal.

Mother June Smith said: “It was tremendous to see Amy and England win a silver in the 100m freestyle relay. The atmosphere was fantastic in Glasgow.”

Meanwhile, Smith experienced mixed results in the individual events.

Her best performance came in the 50m butterfly final on Sunday night.

After progressing impressively into the final, Smith set a long course personal best of 26.24s and finished in fourth place, while England team-mate Halsall stormed to gold.

Amy also reached the final of the 50m freestyle after third places in her heat and semi-final, but finished eighth in the final in 25.37s.

Her only disappointment came in the 100m freestyle individual event.

She had her mind set on making the final but, after finishing fourth in the semi-final, she agonisingly missed out as the ninth fastest overall.

“It’s so hard for competitors to see how well they’ve done,” added the swimmer’s mother.

“We saw Amy on Monday and she was disappointed about the 100m freestyle but she won two medals at a major tournament, which is a great achievement.”

England’s women led the way in the pool, with Halsall winning two golds and O’Connor coming first in the 200m individual medley.

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