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Lewis swimmer Kara Hanlon was on her best form last night (Thursday 15 April) as she stretched to get into contention for a place at the Tokyo Olympics.

Kara reached the 200m breaststroke final in the British Swimming selection trials in the Olympic pool in London after finishing in the top four in yesterday morning’s heats.

The final was an exceptionally fast race that ended with Loughborough swimmer Molly Renshaw smashing the British record by more than a second, earning her Olympic consideration with a time of 2.20.89.

Also getting her name into the hat for the British squad is Loughborough’s Abbie Wood.

Kara finished fourth in a time of 2:26.55 – her own personal best by 2.3 seconds – an astonishing achievement in a strong field, especially as the 200m distance is not her strongest event.

That comes on Sunday, when Kara hopes to compete in the heats of the women’s 100m breaststroke, to be livestreamed from the Olympic pool from 10am at https://www.facebook.com/BritishSwimming

The finals are on the same night from 7pm.

Kara is currently Scottish National Champion in 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and achieved an unofficial 100m breaststroke record in February this year.

Her unofficial record-beating time of 1:07:58 came at the University of Edinburgh time trial in the Royal Commonwealth Pool on 6 February 2021, unfortunately an un-accredited meet.

Speaking ahead of this week’s competitions, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s convenor Councillor Norman Macdonald said: “To be selected, Kara must finish in the top two in the final of each race, but must also swim inside the qualifying time.

“It goes without saying that we are very proud of her and we are all rooting for her to accomplish the dream of going to the Olympics.”

The picture shows Kara on the winners’ podium after one of her gold medal competitions in Gibraltar at the NatWest Island Games in 2019.