Canon Slade pupil Niamh Robinson picks up PB at Commonwealth Games

Niamh Robinson

Niamh Robinson

First published in Sport

NIAMH Robinson may not have qualified from either of yesterday’s heats but the 14-year-old admits a personal best at Glasgow 2014 had made her day.

Bolton’s Isle of Man swimmer, who goes to Canon-Slade School, posted a lifetime best of 2mins 23,75 secs in the 200m individual medley heats as her Commonwealth Games continued.

That followed Thursday’s PB time of 33.38 seconds in 50m breaststroke semi-finals for Robinson – daughter of Manx-born mum Suzanne who swam at Auckland 1990.

And, despite an underwhelming showing in the 100m breaststroke heats that followed later in the morning, Robinson finishing 26th overall was satisfied with her performance.

“The 200 individual medley was a lot better – I’m pleased with it as it was a personal best and it was a great race,” said Robinson, who enters her fifth and final event, the 50m backstroke, today.

“I didn’t qualify for the final but for me that was a really good race even though I didn’t go through.

“With the 100m breaststroke I tried to stay with the field but I went out a little too fast. It was still a really good race and I’m glad I swam it.

“My breaststroke time wasn’t too good – I tried to stay with the field and it was slower than my personal best.”

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