Jamieson continues breaststroke success
Michael Jamieson continues a fine tradition of British men's breaststroke in the Olympics
Michael Jamieson claimed Britain's second swimming medal of the Olympics on Wednesday night when he grabbed silver as his final length shootout with Daniel Gyurta pushed the Hungarian into new territory.
The Scot went head to head with Gyurta who won in a time of two minutes 07.28 seconds, 0.15 ahead of Jamieson who had produced the fourth fastest swim in this event in history. It maintained a fine tradition of men's breaststroke in Britain which saw them claim seven medals in the event between 1972 and 1992.
Jamieson said: "This result is what I have prepared for for I don't know how many years. It's only in really the last 18 months it's become a target and not just a pipe dream. I think that's probably why I was quite calm before the race, there weren't too many nerves, just excitement. I think that is because I had gone over it so many times in my head, I'd prepared for it in every way I could really."
The Glasgow-born swimmer knew he had a low 2:08 "brewing for a while" but admits he was shocked to have gone as quick as he did.
With a former semi-pro footballer father who played for the likes of Alloa and Stenhousemuir and a mother who was a competitive swimmer - "loosely, she enjoyed swimming" - Jamieson has reaped the benefits of growing up within a sporting environment. But the swimmer insists it was the work ethic they passed on that he has benefited from.
He added: "I don't really think I've got real elements of talent. One thing my mum and dad have passed on is an attitude to work hard. I think that is the way I've looked at it the past couple of years, that if I train harder than the guy next to me then I'll hopefully get the rewards at the end of it."
Bath ITC team-mate Andrew Willis was eighth in 2:09.44.
Jemma Lowe was inspired by Jamieson, her 200m butterfly coming immediately after the medal ceremony, and the Swansea ITC swimmer battled all the way to finish sixth in 2:06.80. Jiao Liuyang's winning time of 2:04.06 was a new Olympic record as she upgraded her silver medal from Beijing to add to the world crown she won last year in Shanghai.
The women's 4x200m freestyle relay came away with a respectable fifth place in 7:52.37 with the United States winning in an Olympic record time of 7:42.92. The quartet comprised Caitlin McClatchey, Rebecca Turner and Jo Jackson with Eleanor Faulkner replaced by Hannah Miley.
Both Faulkner and Rebecca Adlington have got the 800m freestyle heats on Thursday morning and a decision was taken in the best interest of the relay to select the team they did. Fran Halsall and James Goddard both made it through to their respective finals in the 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley.
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