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Stornoway swimmer Kara Hanlon set a new lifetime best and beat her own Scottish record this afternoon (Friday 12 August) to win her place in the 100m breaststroke finals at the European Aquatics championships in Rome.

Kara lowered her Scottish Record to 1:07.35, securing her place in the final in 8th place among a strong field of European swimmers.

Western Isles Island Games Association chair Norrie Tomsh Macdonald this afternoon described the island swimmer as ‘our most accomplished athlete ever’ with ‘brilliant performances and superb consistency.’

It’s Kara’s first senior international meet as part of Team GB, where she is competing in the 50m, 100m and 200m women’s breaststroke events.

Her 100m final is tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon at 5.24pm UK time and can be watched live via

Picture from Scottish Swimming