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Carlin delighted to clinch a silver lining after her London misery

By Matt McGeehan

Jazz Carlin buried her Olympic pain in spectacular fashion by winning a silver medal in the women's 400m freestyle.

The 25-year-old from Swansea was heartbroken after missing out on selection for London four years ago and had to watch from the stands.

But only the invincible Katie Ledecky was able to better her in Rio as Carlin posted a second personal best of the day. Her time of four minutes, 1.23 seconds was a second and a half quicker than her semi-final swim but still nowhere close to American Ledecky, who smashed her own world record by nearly two seconds.

Carlin said: "Four years ago I was in the stand cheering everyone on and now I've actually been a part of the team and to come away with a silver medal, I'm absolutely over the moon.

"I'm so grateful to everyone at home that's been supporting us and to get up and watch us at ridiculous hours of the morning."

British swimming has never known a 10 minutes like it, with Carlin's swim coming after Adam Peaty's stunning gold and world record in the 100m breaststroke.

Carlin said: "I was in the call room watching Adam and I had goosebumps on the blocks. To see my friend and team-mate get a world record and become Olympic champion right before my swim got me pumped up.

"A silver is pretty special but it was a great night for GB in the pool. Hopefully we can keep the momentum up."

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