Turkish delight for Jamieson at Worlds
14th December 2012
Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson lifted the first world medal of his career with 200m Breaststroke silver at the 2012 World Short Course Championships in Istanbul.
After qualifying eighth fastest for the final, the British Gas ITC swimmer put in a determined swim to lower his British record as he touched in 2:03.00 from an outside lane.
I just decided to go for it from the start and had nothing to lose I guess.
Hungary’s Olympic champion Daniel Gyurta took gold in 2:01.35 but Jamieson found the strength to hold off Russia’s Viatcheslav Sinkevich (2:03.08) who settled for bronze.
And the Scot admitted he was proud to have found top gear in the final after qualifying more than two seconds slower than his personal best.
“I said last week I wanted to come here and challenge for medals and after this morning’s heat I couldn’t have been further away,” said Jamieson.
“It was a bonus getting in there and I was quite lucky to sneak through in an outside lane so I just decided to go for it from the start and had nothing to lose I guess.
“I think this morning when I came out I felt my legs were really heavy and I didn’t have much in the warm-up. I did a longer swim down this morning then went back for a sleep.
“When I got up, I just thought right it’s time to turn this around and I think that was more important than the result, the fact that I was able to turn it around tonight.”
Jamieson’s teammate and training partner Andrew Willis also ducked under the old British marker as he set an English record 2:03.29 to finish fifth.
I've come really close to the medals and I've done a PB so there are a lot of positives there.
Willis – who finished eighth at London 2012 – was also in contention throughout the race and insisted finishing just 0.21 seconds off the podium was the perfect motivation for his 2013 season.
“I think I can take a lot of positives away from that race,” said Willis.
“I raced tough this morning, got into that final and gave it my all. I’ve got really close to the medals and I’ve done a PB so there are a lot of positives there and it was really close at the end.
“The next focus is obviously the trials where I need to go and make the worlds team.
“I’ve made a lot of finals now but I don’t want to settle for just making the final – I want to start challenging more for the medals and I think today was very positive for that.”
Jazz Carlin (British Gas ITC Swansea) marked her return to international competition with a Welsh record as she finished fifth in the 400m Freestyle.
It was nice to feel the adrenalin and the rush you get when you're in a world class final.
Carlin – who missed out on London 2012 after battles with glandular fever and tonsillitis – improved her national record to 4:02.45 in the final, finishing 1.21 seconds off the podium in the first individual final of her career at World Championship level.
“It’s just great to be back in the mix again,” said Carlin, who is competing in her first short course competition since 2009.
“To qualify eighth then finish fifth is a good achievement and short course isn’t one of my strengths.
“If it was long course, I think it would have been a completely different race. But it was nice to feel the adrenalin and the rush that you get when you’re in a world class final.”
Sophie Allen set two PBs on a busy evening at her debut World Short Course Championships.
The British Gas ITC Stockport swimmer kicked off her evening with a personal best 1:06.42 to finish 10th in the 100m Breaststroke semi finals, missing a final spot by just 0.24 seconds.
She then returned to set a PB 59.03 to finish sixth in the 100m Individual Medley final before rounding off her night with a fourth place finish as part of the 4x100m Medley Relay team.
The quartet of Georgia Davies (British Gas ITC Swansea), Allen, Jemma Lowe (British Gas ITC Swansea) and Francesca Halsall (British Gas ITC Loughborough) clocked a British record 3:51.85 in the final, finishing just 0.42 seconds behind USA in third.
Finally, Lizzie Simmonds finished fifth in the final of her favoured 200m Backstroke.
The 21-year old sneaked into the final as eighth fastest but sliced more than a second off her qualification time to clock 2:04.55 in the medal race.
This is great experience and tough racing to take into next year.
And while she didn’t better her European record 2:00.83 from last year’s Duel in the Pool, Simmonds insisted a final spot was her main target for the meet as she adjusts to a new training regime at the British Gas ITC Bath.
“I’ve had the biggest break I’ve ever had after the Olympics,” said Simmonds. “I had a lot of down time and a big decision to make about moving to Bath so it was about tough racing and that summed up tonight really.
“It was never about the times – I knew I was never going to be as fast here as last year. But again, this is great race experience and tough racing to take into next year.
“It’s not a meet I’m going to be using as a marker for anything. It doesn’t matter to me in the grand scheme of things – it’s just about getting in there and having a race.”