What a brilliant day and the perfect way to finish my first Commonwealth Games!
I was really pleased with my Gold in the 800m yesterday, I led the race from the beginning and managed to keep out at the front, although I did ease back to make sure I had enough left in the tank for today’s 400m race. After my seventh place in the European Championships this year, I’m over the moon to be taking home the gold.
Then in today’s race I just gave my all and really went for it. I wasn’t really focussed on swimming a quick time, it was all about that gold medal – so to get the medal and to set a new Commonwealth Games record for the 400m was a real bonus and a great confidence boost.
It’s been a long season and to finish on a high like this is simply brilliant, a tough but very rewarding week – it will really set me up for next year. All that training, the long hours and early mornings are all worthwhile to be the double Commonwealth Games champion.
Aside from my own performances, Team England is doing incredibly well in the pool – there are too many medal performances to mention – and I’m loving the winning atmosphere! I’ll be cheering my teammates on from the stands tomorrow too.
Finally, I’d just like to thank those who sent me good luck messages and gave me their support. I’m gutted that I can’t reply to you all individually, but I do read every message I get sent and, believe me, I really do appreciate them all!