A swimmer without a pool

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How does an elite swimmer cope when all the pools are shut?

Commonwealth champion Alys Thomas says the coronavirus lockdown was “tough to take”.

The 29-year-old from Swansea is one of the world’s leading 200m butterfly swimmers and was targeting the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Instead, she is lifting weights in her garden and making clay models as she endures a challenging wait to be able to do her sport again.

Put together in collaboration with ‘Wales In Lockdown’ on BBC1 Wales. Published May 2020.

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