OLYMPICS UPDATE: Spofforth qualifies for semi-final

Gemma Spofforth is through to the 100m backstroke semi-finals
Gemma Spofforth is through to the 100m backstroke semi-finals

West Sussex swimmer Gemma Spofforth safely negotiated the heats of the 100m backstroke at the Aquatics Centre on Sunday morning.

Spofforth admitted she had plenty to improve on in Sunday evening’s semi-final, which will also involve her GB team-mate Georgia Davies.

Twenty-four-year-old Spofforth, cheered on by members of her Slindon family, was seen laughing and joking with Beijing silver medallist Kirsty Coventry before her race.

The Shoreham-born ace did enough to qualify, reaching the night’s semi-final 12th quickest in 1.00.05min.

Spofforth said: “(There was) a lot of little mistakes there, my start wasn’t great I slipped on my streamline, finish was awful, there’s a lot of things I can improve on. I let the crowd get away from me a little bit. I’ve been saying all along that it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.”

Shoreham-born Spofforth, who swam at the Littlehampton and Bognor pools as a youngster, has never won an Olympic medal - she missed bronze by the narrowest of margins in Beijing in 2008.

We’ll have the outcome of Sunday evening’s semi-final here later. The final is on Monday evening.