Carlin fourth on opening night in Barcelona
Jazz Carlin was agonisingly close to the podium as she finished fourth in the 400m Freestyle on the opening night of swimming at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.
The British Gas ITC Swansea swimmer lowered her Welsh record to 4:04.03 in the final but was denied her first individual World Championship medal by 0.14 seconds as New Zealand's Lauren Boyle touched for bronze.
Carlin is ranked higher for the 800m and 1500m Freestyle events later in the meet but showed her class over the shorter distance, pacing her race to move from eighth at 100m to sixth at 200m and third with just one length to go.
And while the 22-year old admitted finishing so close to her first individual World medal was hard to stomach, she would use it as further motivation for her other two events.
“Honestly I’m absolutely gutted," said Carlin. "I really wanted to be on that podium. I fought hard and it’s disappointing I was just under 0.2 off bronze but that’s what happens in sport.
"I’ve got the rest of the week to pick myself up now. If someone had told me last year that I’d be fourth at the World Championships, I’d have taken it but on the day you want to be the best.
"It’s a best time though so I’ll take positives from that. The 1500 and the 800 are coming up later in the week and I’m excited to race them. They’re all going to be tough races because we’re at a World Championships but I’ll be recovering and making sure I’m ready to go by the end of the week.”
The British Gas GBR Swimming Team were also represented in the men's 400m Free final as Millfield's James Guy clocked 3:47.96 to finish fifth on his World Championship debut.
The 17-year old had lowered his British Age Group (17yrs) record to 3:47.86 to qualify eighth fastest from the morning heats and held his own in the final, securing the best British result in this event at a World Championship since Paul Palmer won bronze in 2001.
"It’s been one of the best days of my life," said Guy, who led the race out and turned second at the 200m split. "I’ve made the World Championship final which I thought I’d never do and to finish fifth, I’m over the moon with that swim.
"I thought I’d try and go out hard with nothing to lose and hope I could come back strong which I did so I’m pleased with it."
A number of Brits were also in semi-final action on the opening night in Barcelona with Sophie Allen (British Gas ITC Bath) the star performer as she reclaimed the English record to reach the 200m Individual Medley final on her World Championship debut. The European silver medallist clocked 2:10.23 to touch third in her heat and progress fourth fastest overall.
"The massive aim for me coming here was to make the final," said Allen. "I think whoever is in that final, it’s anyone’s shot. I’ve missed out on the previous two Worlds teams by margins of seconds so I wanted to come here and prove that I’ve earned my spot and I’ve made it to the final so I’m really happy now."
The withdrawal of Australia’s Emily Seebohm means Allen's training partner Siobhan-Marie O'Connor will join her in final after finishing ninth overall in 2:11.33 and taking the vacant final spot as first reserve.
British Gas ITC Swansea's Jemma Lowe was desperately close to reaching the 100m Butterfly final as she finished 0.02 seconds down on eighth-placed Claire Donahue after clocking 58.46.
Meanwhile, on their World Championship debuts, Plymouth Leander's Ben Proud and British Gas ITC Stirling's Ross Murdoch finished 11th in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke respectively.
Both athletes improved on their times from the morning heats with British record holder Proud touching in 23.33 in the 50m Fly semis and Scottish record holder Murdoch setting 1:00.07 in the 100m Breast semis.
Olympic 200m Breaststroke silver medallist Michael Jamieson (British Gas ITC Bath) also made the 100m Breaststroke semi-finals and finished 15th overall in 1:00.59.
Finally, City of Glasgow's Robbie Renwick (3:47.99) ranked ninth in the 400m Freestyle while City of Sheffield's Eleanor Faulkner (4:13.18) was 17th in the women's 400m Free from the morning heats.