Jazmin Carlin, coached by Bud McAllister, former mentor to Janet Evans, clocked 16:18.80, a Welsh record, in the heats of the 1500m free at the British Gas International this morning. In doing so, she registered the second-best heats time ever beyond the World and European Championships.
The fastest ever, 16:17.34, was established by world champion Lotte Friis (DEN) at the Nice meet held by the club in France where she is now based with coach Fabrice Pellerin and Olympic champions for Gaul, Camille Muffat and Yannick Agnel. In both morning swims, Friis and Carlin were racing in events for which the heats were declared winner (no 2nd swim in a final).
Carlin, 23 and based in Swansea, tweeted that her 1500m is a work in progress. She will race it again in the final tomorrow in Leeds. Through in 8:41.45 at the 800m mark, Carlin had last swum 1500m in 2008, when her best time was 16:59.12.
Carlin raced against British record holder and world 10km marathon champion Keri-Anne Payne (her mark a 16:06.67), who in morning heats (declared-winner) clocked 16:28.22.
Carlin, who won the 800m at Leeds in a best time of 8:24.42, said of the 1500m: "It was difficult because I haven't raced it for about six years. I would have liked to have gone faster, I think I have got a little bit of a faster time in me."
British trials for the World Championships in Barcelona will be held in the last week in June.