Swim Serpentine champion Jazz Carlin to continue open water adventure to Tokyo
9 Oct 2017, 9:15 a.m.
Jazz Carlin, the elite women’s champion of this year’s Swim Serpentine, wants to become the first woman to win medals in both the pool and open water at the same Olympic Games.
Carlin (pictured centre), 27, already has two Olympic silver medals in her collection from Rio 2016 where she was second in both the 400m and 800m freestyle.
Now the Welsh star is eyeing more Olympic prizes and has announced she will target the 400m, 800m and even 1500m pool swim at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – plus the 10km open water swim.
Carlin had done no open water swimming before this summer but says it has revitalised her and the experience is giving her the impetus needed to kick on from her success in Rio.
Swim Serpentine was just her second race in open water and was used by Carlin as one of the test events to see if she could make the conversion from pool to open water.
At Swim Serpentine, Carlin pipped Germany’s Sarah Bosslet to victory over the one mile distance and came away from London more resolved than ever to set her sights on a pool and open water double at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
She will race her first 10km open water race in China this weekend (14-15 Oct) and will continue to race in the pool as she balances her training in the years leading up to Tokyo.
Carlin said: "I think I have a really great opportunity to be a part of open water and still try to get on that pool team, and it's quite exciting to think that you could make history in an event.
"I'm very happy with two silvers (from Rio), but you know it's Tokyo and why not go for gold, hey? I'm a bit greedy, I guess."