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Rio 2016: Willmott relishing Rio experience

PUBLISHED: 07:49 10 August 2016 | UPDATED: 07:49 10 August 2016

Great Britain's Aimee Willmott competing in the heats of the women's 200m butterfly at the Rio Olympics (pic: Owen Humphreys/PA)

Great Britain's Aimee Willmott competing in the heats of the women's 200m butterfly at the Rio Olympics (pic: Owen Humphreys/PA)

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UEL student misses out on 200m butterfly final

University of East London student Aimee Willmott said she had really enjoying racing in Rio after missing out on a place in the women’s 200m butterfly final last night.

The 23-year-old had already finished seventh in the 400m medley final on Saturday, but her time of 2.09.71 was only good enough for 19th in the heats of her other event in the pool.

But Willmott felt she had given her all and said: “I’m a little bit disappointed with the time, but I know I was trying my hardest and if that was all I could manage, then that was all I had.

“This event is not my main event and I’ve come on in the last two years with it. I’m still learning a lot about it.

Team GB are enjoying their most successful Olympic swimming gala since the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, thanks to Adam Peaty’s gold and silvers from Jazz Carlin, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay squad.

And Willmott has loved being a part of the entire Games experience in South America, adding: “The team have started really well so far and I’d like to think that I’ve contributed to that by making my first final.

“The pool here is amazing. I’ve really enjoyed racing here. Being in the right environment and with the right teammates makes everyone swim well and I’m really enjoying it.”

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