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London 2012 Olympics: Ellen Gandy misses out on medals in 100m butterfly as Dana Vollmer breaks World Record

Kent swimmer Ellen Gandy
Kent swimmer Ellen Gandy

by Alex Hoad at the Olympic Aquatics Centre

Ellen Gandy was philosophical after finishing eighth in the final of the Olympic 100m butterfly at the Aquatics Centre on Sunday evening.

Racing from lane one, the 20-year-old from Bromley finished in a time of 57.76, while the race was won by American Dana Vollmer who smashed the World Record with an incredible time of 55.98 - the first woman to break 56 seconds.

Gandy admitted: "I would have liked to have gone a bit faster but you know that was an amazing swim by Dana Vollmer and it’s great to be a part of that.

"I really wanted to get in amongst that race and it felt a lot faster but I guess being on the outside on butterfly you can’t really tell where people are."

She however added: "I’ve just got to move on from the disappointment and pick myself up for the 200."

The Beckenham Swimming Club star is ranked fourth in the world at 200m butterfly and said: "I definitely feel that my strength is in the 200 and I just want to get stuck into that now."

The preliminary round of the 200m butterfly is on Tuesday morning with the semi-finals that night and the final on Wednesday evening.

Alex Hoad at the Games - Twitter button
Alex Hoad at the Games - Twitter button
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