Amy sets out her Commonwealth target

Amy sets out her Commonwealth target

Amy sets out her Commonwealth target

First published in Sport

AMY Smith is aiming to keep her love affair with the Commonwealth Games going.

The 27-year-old Kidderminster swimmer heads into her third time at the Games, which start today, and she’s tipping the tournament to continue the nation’s affection with summer sport.

Britain is looking for a new hit of success as the high from the 2012 London Olympics fades and the festival of sport in Glasgow is expected to provide it.

For the Wyre Forest Swimming Club member, her main aim is to repeat the success of Delhi four years ago.

That time, she helped England’s 4x100-metre freestyle quartet power to silver medal, repeating her success at the Melbourne Games in 2006.

In India, Smith also reached the finals of the 100m and 50m freestyles, missing out on bronze by a fraction of a second in the former, and will once again be targeting reaching the medal-deciding races.

She said: “My main priority is really the relays, particularly the 4x100m freestyle.

“Obviously with the Commonwealth Games not every nation is there but there are some very strong nations, such as Australia, but I would be expecting us to take the silver medal.

“I would also like to make the individual finals, I feel I am in very good shape and I will be looking to go underneath 54 seconds for the first time in the 100m freestyle.

“After the great atmosphere at the London Olympics in 2012, to have another tournament in Britain is going to be fantastic.

“It will be different because you’re up against Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and we will know a lot of those guys.

“But it’s also a chance for swimmers who have not made the Team GB squad to experience a big tournament atmosphere, which is also special.”

Smith heads into the Commonwealth Games in good form.

At the British Championships, she finished second in the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

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