Friday, June 26, 2015

Jamieson Wins Battle of the Breaststrokers

“Rio is absolutely my goal. I still believe I can get up there and compete with the best.” Michael Jamieson

Michael Jamieson put the last 12 months well and truly behind him as he took victory in the 200m breaststroke on day 2 of the Scottish National Swimming Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

This was the hotly anticipated race of the night and it did not disappoint. Jamieson was fastest going into a loaded final, which also featured Ross Murdoch, Andrew Willis and Richard Spoor.

Jamieson made a strong start and was leading at 100m. Murdoch then started to make a move and Scotland’s 1-2 from the Commonwealth Games were shoulder to shoulder down the last 50m. Jamieson, however, was the stronger of the two and moved ahead with 15m to go. The Bath University athlete touched home in 2:12.16 to a great cheer, with Murdoch (University of Stirling) coming in behind him in 2:13.01. Richard Spoor of Loughborough was 3rd in 2:14.70.

After the race Jamieson commented,

“That was alright, I was hoping to have gone faster to be honest with you. I’d really love to go sub 2:10. I’ve never dipped below that unrested. I’m heading to Vichy next week for the French Open Championships so I’d like to get close to that then.”

Jamieson then starts a taper in preparation for the US Open Championships in Texas in August, he said,

“I’m not going to Kazan. It’s the first time I’ve not been part of the GB set up since 2009 and that’s disappointing. It’s not been an easy 12 months and but I’m starting to enjoy my swimming again now so I’m all about looking forward.”

It’s been three years since Jamieson won silver at the Olympics and his focus is very much on Rio.

“Rio is absolutely my goal. I want to get into the best shape possible. We hear all the time how great breaststroke is in the UK. But that’s the truth. You need a world class time to make the British Team and that is what is pushing us all on. I still believe I can get up there and compete with the best.”

Siobhan Marie O’Connor was in dominant form in the 200m IM touching home over four seconds ahead of nearest rival and securing her second title of the meet (she won gold last night in the 200m freestyle).

The Bath swimmer led from the off, extending her lead with each turn and posting a time of 2:10.70. Speaking after the race the Bath University athlete said,

“I’m here off the back of some really solid training so I’m pleased with that. Everything is coming together and I’m really looking forward to Kazan.”

Speaking of her previous World Championships experience in Barcelona in 2013 where she finished 8th in the 200m IM final, O’ Connor said,

“I felt I didn’t earn my place in the final. My time just wasn’t fast enough. My programme at Bath has been really good for me and I’ve made some big gains since then.

“Being number 2 in the world doesn’t add pressure going into Kazan, it just motivates me to do well and be in the mix.”

Nova’s Charlotte Henshaw (SB6) broke the European Record on her way to gold in the 100m breaststroke MC final. Henshaw’s time was 1:37.56 and the 28 year old was clearly pleased.

“I am ecstatic with that. I’ve not posted a PB in that event since 2010.”

When asked about the forthcoming IPC Swimming World Championships, Henshaw continued,

“I got my place on the team thanks to a wild card, so hopefully me posting that time and breaking the record will go some way to repaying British Swimming who had enough faith in me to select me for worlds.  I’m so grateful to them for that opportunity and that time will give me confidence going into Glasgow in a couple of weeks time.”

In the final event of the night the University quartet of Robbie Renwick, Jak Scott, Cameron Brodie and Jordan Hughes smashed the British Club Record for the 4x200m freestyle. They powered to victory in 7:22.18.  

The Scottish National Swimming Championships are taking place from 25-28 June at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Full results from the event can be found here: http://swimscotland.co.uk/meets%2015/SNOpen%20%2015/index.htm

QTV Sports is delivering an ambitious and impressive range of content from the championships, including:

Live, multi-camera, streaming of all four finals sessions, which can be found at www.scottishswimming.com/live. Selected races are available on Twitter and Facebook with Highlights and interviews from each finals session available overnight on www.youtube.com/ScottishSwimming

The official hashtag for the event is #SNSC15.

Pictures from the event can be found on the Scottish Swimming Facebook page: www.facebook.com/scottishswimming

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