Commonwealth Games: Freestyle proves an event too far for Willmott

GREAT WEEK: Aimee Willmott can reflect on a hugely successful week in Glasgow, despite failing to make the final of the 400m freestyle this morning

GREAT WEEK: Aimee Willmott can reflect on a hugely successful week in Glasgow, despite failing to make the final of the 400m freestyle this morning

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AIMEE WILLMOTT'S superb Commonwealth Games came to a somewhat disappointing end this morning as she failed to qualify for the final of the 400m freestyle.

Having won her second silver medal of the meet when she finished second in the final of the 200m butterfly last night, Willmott returned to the pool this morning in an attempt to qualify for her fourth final of the Games.

However, the Middlesbrough swimmer could only finish as the 11th fastest performer in a time of 4:12.28.

Her English team-mate, Ellie Faulkner, has made the final, but Willmott admitted she struggled to raise herself this morning in the wake of her heroics from the night before.

"I am obviously disappointed to miss out on the final," said Willmott. "I knew that was going to be a really quick race but I woke up feeling sluggish and heavy after yesterday.

"I just tried to pick myself up in the warm up and I struggled a little bit, and then when I tried to go in that that third 100m I didn’t quite have I would have liked.

"I always knew the last day would be the hardest, putting 400m at the end of a meet after a busy week was going to be hard.

"Some of the other girls had the 800m freestyle and they had enough so I just wasn’t quite able to pull it out."

Nevertheless, Willmott can still reflect on a hugely successful week that has seen her win silver in the 400m IM and 200m butterfly and finish fourth in the final of the 200m IM.

"I am really happy with the meet overall," she said. "I was disappointed on the first day with the 400m Individual Medley initially.

"But when I look back I was two seconds under the world record at 300m, so for me that is a massive confidence boost and I only really have more to come."

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