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Golden start for Jamieson in Leeds

8 March 2013

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson opened his campaign at the British Gas International Meet by taking gold in the 100m Breaststroke.

Jamieson, who narrowly scraped into the final in a swim-off following the heats session this morning, led from the gun to claim his victory from lane eight.

“I’m quite happy, especially after this morning and having to swim an extra race so I have to be pleased to take the win,” said the Edinburgh University swimmer. “I had to swim my own race in the outside lane, I couldn’t see what was happening and I just focused on my own swim.

“I have been working on my front end speed in that first 50m to get out a bit quicker and hopefully that will reduce my time. It bodes well for the 200m tomorrow.”

Chris Steeples of City of Manchester was second in 1.01.08 and Rob Holderness (Millfield) was third in 1.01.47.

Hannah Miley (Garioch) fought off a determined Aimee Willmott to win the 400m Individual Medley. Willmott (Middlesborough) pushed Miley for the first half of the race, but Miley’s strength in the Breaststroke took her clear and she pushed through the final Freestyle leg to win in 4.35.57.

Willmott was second in 4.38.94 and Warrender’s Keri-anne Payne was third in 4.42.85.

“I’m really happy with how that went,” said Miley. “It is faster than I went two weeks ago which was a nice surprise.

“I’ve got a few events this week so that definitely hurt but it is all part of the preparation for the season.

“I raced nine races in one day last weekend so I’m racing a lot and trying to put that quality into training.”

Georgia Davies of Swansea University reigned supreme in the second of the sprint Backstroke events, adding the 100m gold to the 50m title from yesterday. She clocked 1.00.45 take the win.

“I feel proud of myself for doing well in the 100m but I do prefer the 50m,” said Davies. “The 100 hurts a lot more and I did fade a bit towards the end. 

“Backstroke is a strong event in Great Britain, Gemma (Spofforth) has retired but there are lot of younger girls coming through now. It’s never comfortable and you’ve got to keep pushing.

“My time has come down from two weeks ago and I’m targeting the qualification time for the World Champs now.”

Lauren Quigley of Hazel Grove touched for silver in 1.00.59 with Jessica Fullalove (City of Manchester) in bronze in 1.01.56.

Joe Roebuck (Loughborough University) claimed his second gold medal of the competition adding the 200m Fly victory to the 100m Fly title he won yesterday.

From lane one, Roebuck touched in 1.57.54 to beat Adam Mallett of Swansea University who was second in 1.59.30 and James Guy (Millfield) who took the bronze in 1.59.53.

“I was happy with that,” said Roebuck. “I raced a few weeks ago and did a 1:58.5 which is the fastest I'd ever been beyond mid season.

“I was a second faster than that tonight so yeah things are looking good.”

Daniel Fogg (Loughborough University) showed his experience in the 1500m final holding off a challenge from Hatfield’s Caleb Hughes.

Hughes was the early race leader and led for the first 1km until Fogg but in his attack and gradually pulled away with each length.

Fogg touched in a season’s best time of 15.26.93 to take the gold with Hughes smashing his lifetime best by over ten seconds to take the silver in 15.29.96.

Stephen Milne (Perth City) put in a late surge to take the bronze in 15.33.51.

“My target was 15.30 or better which I did two weeks ago at BUCS,” said Fogg. “This was a better swim than that so I’m pleased.

“We are at the end of a really hard block of 77km this week in training and I think that is one of my best times unrested.”

Molly Renshaw (Derventio Excel) led the field in the 200m Breaststroke to win the gold medal in 2.28.25. Stacey Tadd (University of Bath) pushed Renshaw throughout but a strong final 25m from Renshaw put clear water between her Tadd who finished in 2.30.53 and Kerry Buchan (Edinburgh University) who was third in 2.30.82.

“I’m really pleased with that,” said Renshaw. “I’ve had a rocky start to the season and haven’t been close to my PB until now.

“My aim this year is to get my confidence back into racing, last year was tough. I need to get my head down, make the most of this year and see where it takes us.”

Jeanette Ottesen Gray was the quickest to the wall in the women’s 50m Butterfly Final, edging out Francesca Halsall (Loughborough University) to win in 25.76.

Halsall and Emma Wilkins, also of Loughborough University touched in 26.00 and 26.98 to take silver and bronze respectively.

City of Sheffield’s Rebecca Turner was just edged out at the wall to finish second in the 200m Freestyle event behind Femke Heemskerk.

Dutch swimmer Heemskerk dominated from the gun but Turner put in a strong final length but just missed out on the touch.

Turner finished in 1.58.72 to Heemskerk’s 1.58.49. Ellie Faulkner (City of Sheffield) took bronze in 1.59.42.

“I’m really happy with that, that’s the fastest I’ve been this season,” said Turner. “We had a bit of a freshner rather than rest. I’ve kept my mileage up for the distance events.

“I’m doing the 50m tomorrow and the 400m on Sunday so hopefully they will go well too.”

Ben Proud was the top Brit finisher in the men’s 50m Freestyle final. The race was won by former Olympic Champion Anthony Ervin in 22.28.

Proud (Plymouth Leander) touched in 22.72 ahead of Jasper Van Mierlo of The Netherlands who took bronze in 22.91.

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