Jamieson looking to lead Scotland by example this summer
July 21, 2014 13:14 pm
Michael Jamieson is vowing to lead by example for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games by clinching a medal.
The London 2012 silver medallist will be in action on Thursday when he will look to claim 200m breaststroke gold at Tollcross, the pool in which he grew up swimming in.
The 25-year-old is an official ambassador for Glasgow 2014 and a firm favourite to top the podium, leaving Jamieson to admit he will need to embrace such responsibility.
“It's the biggest race of my life, no doubt about it,” said Jamieson. "This is our Games and the Scots want to put on a show. That means medals.
“I want to take responsibility and step up on the first day and deliver a PB, and, if I do that, that's all I can do.”
Also looking to fly the flag for Scotland in the pool will be a number of experienced athletes in three-time Olympian Caitlin McClatchey and two-time Olympians Hannah Miley and Robbie Renwick.
On the track, another Scottish star with expectation weighing heavily on her shoulders is Eilidh Child, who will begin her quest for 400m hurdles glory on Wednesday July 30.
The 27-year-old, another athlete from London 2012, is in great form this season and believes she will be at the peak of her powers when she steps out on the track at Hampden Park.
“I want to go there and run to form and for my fastest race of the year to be at Hampden," said Child.
"People will look at where I am in the rankings and expect me to get a medal. It's definitely within my reach, but I'm trying to not think about that too much at the moment - anything can happen, especially in hurdles."
Lynsey Sharp is another medal hope for the host nation in the 800m, while Steph Twell will go in 5000m.
Elsewhere, London 2012 bronze medallist Dan Purvis will look to light up the SECC Precinct when he goes in the men’s artistic gymnastics team and individual events.
And judoka Euan Burton will look to earn a medal in the men’s 100kg category, while Imogen Bankier heads up Scotland’s hopes in the badminton.
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