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Commonwealth Games 2014 has inspired Jay Lelliott to greater things

By mbarber  |  Posted: August 03, 2014

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Jay Lelliott pictured at the Canford School pool

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Dorset swimmer Jay Lelliott says his appearance in a Commonwealth Games final following his international debut has whetted his appetite for more.

Jay, 19, who trains at Canford School with Swim Bournemouth when he is not at Bath University, added that Glasgow 2014 was “just the beginning” of his international career.

He is due to write the second chapter of that career later this month, when makes his Great Britain debut at the European Championships in Berlin – after first competing in this week’s National Youth Championships at Sheffield.

But he admitted that he made some “rookie errors” in the 1500m freestyle final in Glasgow, where his Dorset record-breaking time of 15min 05.83sec placed him sixth in the Commonwealth – and took him to 18th in the world rankings.

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Jay, whose career was halted by two operations on a recurring brain tumour when he was 12, said: “I am really motivated now. This year has been far from perfect but I intend to do so much better next year.

“This is just the beginning. I’m going to come back even stronger next year and I won’t let anyone take it from me.

“I’m annoyed with himself over the way I swam the final in Glasgow.

“The time it could have been better if I had swum it correctly.

“I made some rookie errors and I also miscounted the lengths.

“With 100m to go I thought there was another 200 or 300m so it was a shock when the whistle went signalling the last two lengths.

“At the end I was so frustrated because I still felt fresh. I’m sure I could have gone quicker.”

Roger Guttridge

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