Jamieson powers to silver

  • Last Updated: December 14 2012, 20:54 GMT

Michael Jamieson displayed all the hunger and desire that drove him to Olympic silver as he banished the memory of a "hopeless" morning swim to finish second in the 200 metres breaststroke at the World Short-Course Championships in Istanbul.

Michael Jamieson: Claimed silver in Istanbul
Michael Jamieson: Claimed silver in Istanbul

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It was Great Britain's third medal of the five-day competition after Hannah Miley and Jemma Lowe had claimed gold and bronze respectively on the first day at the Sinan Erdem Dome.

It was also hard-fought given the 24-year-old had only squeezed into the final as the slowest qualifier.

The Bath ITC swimmer's frustration was clear this morning but that is symptomatic of the hunger that helped drive him on when he was living in Paris without funding in an attic room so small he could stand in the middle and touch both walls and with a shower that doubled as a wardrobe.

Coming into the race it was his team-mate Andrew Willis who stood out, a new English record seeing him qualify fourth.

Tonight's line-up was loaded with quality and the pair needed to be at their best to be in the mix and with 50m to go, Jamieson was second and Willis third.

The Scot dug in, holding off the fast-finishing Russian Viatcheslav Sinkevich to lower his own British record to two minutes 03.00 seconds and claim the silver.

It also took more than three seconds off the time he had swum this morning, one he had described as "hopeless".

Willis was overhauled to finish fifth in 2:03.29, 0.21secs off the podium.

Jamieson said: "It just goes to show the power of psychology.

"To be honest, after I came out of that heat I didn't even want to swim the final after seeing the result, I was just so annoyed.

"But I just went back and dressed myself down a bit - it goes to show you can race best times unrested.

"I just went it for it tonight - it was a bonus to get in so I just decided to go for it from the start.

"I didn't want to lose I guess."

The race was won in a new championship record of 2:01.35 by Hungary's Daniel Gyurta, who set a world record in holding off Jamieson at the Olympics, although that was subsequently lowered by Akihiro Yamaguchi, fourth here.

Jamieson added: "I'm getting there - I've got a collection of silver medals, the next stage is to change the colour of that.

"But Dan (Gyurta) is untouchable just now - it's about time someone closed that gap on him, I'd love to see his medal cabinet, it seems to be growing all the time.

"But fair play to him, he's been the man to beat in the last few years and he is running away with titles at the minute."

Jamieson and Willis train alongside each other and the latter said: "There is definitely part of me that wants to be keeping up with him or beating him at the same time.

"I think deep down we're pretty competitive against each other in training and it's great, at the same time to have someone to push you.

"He is a great swimmer, he's got the medals coming in now and that is what I should be learning from."

Another Bath swimmer, Lizzie Simmonds, was fifth in the 200m backstroke in 2:04.55.

The 21-year-old was fourth in London, after which she moved from Loughborough to embark upon a completely different training programme.

The women's 4x100m medley relay finished fourth in a British record of 3:51.85.

Jaz Carlin was fifth in the 400m freestyle (4:02.45) and Sophie Allen finished sixth in the 100m individual medley (59.03).

Ryan Lochte, the 11-time Olympic medallist, was a world apart as he lowered his own world record in the 200m individual medley to 1:49.63.


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