• World Short-Course Championships

Jamieson wins silver after scraping into final

ESPN staff
December 14, 2012
Michael Jamieson won silver after narrowly making the final © PA Photos

Michael Jamieson proved his Olympic silver medal was no fluke as he added another medal to his collection at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Turkey.

Jamieson set a new British record as he finished second in the 200m breaststroke behind Hungary's Daniel Gyurta, the Olympic champion.

The 24-year-old had only scraped into the final as the slowest qualifier, but produced a vastly improved performance to lower his own British record to two minutes 03.00 seconds, with team-mate Andrew Willis fifth.

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

Former European champion Lizzie Simmonds missed out on a medal after finishing fifth in the 200m backstroke, while Jazmin Carlin broke her own Welsh record as she finished fifth in the final of the 400m freestyle.

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