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Stornoway’s swimming golden girl Kara Hanlon has missed out on a place in the GB Aquatics squad for the Paris Olympics, it was announced yesterday (Tuesday 16 April).

The heart-breaking news came as Team GB announced a squad of 33 swimmers for the 2024 Olympics, with five of them from Scotland.

Sadly, Kara was not amongst those picked, after missing the qualifying time in both her events at the Speedo Aquatics GB Swimming Championships in London early in April.

Kara is the British record holder in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and had hoped to continue the fairytale story of her progression from the 12.5metre pool where she trained in Ness to the biggest sporting stage on the planet.

The 26-year-old won gold in the 200m breaststroke, with a new lifetime best time, but her face told the story as she realised she was just shy of what was needed.

The University of Edinburgh swimmer then took second place in the 100m breaststroke, in a season’s best time of 1:06.60, but again narrowly missing out on Olympic nomination time.

Speaking to Scottish Swimming after that event, Kara said: “I definitely gave that everything and I’m obviously gutted, I really thought I had that time in me. To give it everything for the last two, three years, it’s just gutting.”

The picture of Kara after her gold medal-winning race is from Aquatics GB.