Willmott helps England team into Commonwealth relay final

DOUBLING UP: Aimee Willmott will attempt to add to Thursday's 400IM silver medal when she competes in the final of the 4x200m freestyle tonight

DOUBLING UP: Aimee Willmott will attempt to add to Thursday's 400IM silver medal when she competes in the final of the 4x200m freestyle tonight

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AIMEE WILLMOTT will swim for her second medal of the Commonwealth Games this evening after helping England's 4x200m freestyle team successfully qualify for the final.

Middlesbrough's Willmott, who won a silver medal in the 400m Individual Medley on Thursday, swam the third leg as a quartet that also featured Jess Lloyd, Amelia Maughan and Becki Turner qualified as the third fastest team.

Australia look nailed on to claim the gold medal tonight, but England's team of 8:02.64 was just half a second behind New Zealand, and the two teams looks set to battle it out for the silver medal tonight.

At worst, England should definitely claima bronze, and they qualified some eight seconds ahead of Canada, who were fourth fastest.

Willmott is not guaranteed to be part of the final line-up, but her performance in this morning's heat should certainly have enhanced her chances of being involved again.

Entering the pool in third position, she closed the gap on the New Zealanders in second place, with Turner almost overhauling the deficit during an excellent final leg.

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