Spofforth hints at Glasgow charge

Portsmouth Northsea swimmer Gemma Spofforth
Portsmouth Northsea swimmer Gemma Spofforth
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Gemma Spofforth has shelved plans to retire after London 2012 – hinting the prospect of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games could see her to stay on.

Portsmouth Northsea’s 24-year-old had indicated the 100m backstroke final, where she finished fifth, would be her last individual race.

But after taking eighth in the 4x100 medley relay, Spofforth was singing another tune.

And while the former world champion will definitely take time out, it may only be temporary.

She said: ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

‘I came into this meet thinking that would be it but I think I will keep the door open.

‘The Commonwealths are in Glasgow and that would be awesome.

‘I am going to take a long break and revaluate things.

‘I don’t think I will train the same way, maybe I will just focus on the sprint.

‘I am definitely keeping the door open.’

She added: ‘I came to the Olympics for a medal and I came up short.

‘But as I have been saying, this has been about the journey and not the destination.’

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