Olympic24: Jamieson back at home and excited about Rio prospects

Olympic24: Jamieson back at home and excited about Rio prospects

04 October 2015 / 08:55

London 2012 silver medallist Michael Jamieson is leaving nothing to chance in his bid to make a second Olympic team. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Michael Jamieson happy to be back home in Scotland
  • Becky James will soon be back to her best, says Dani King
  • Joe Joyce likes venue for World Boxing bid

Jamieson back home and eyeing Rio

Rio 2016 was behind Michael Jamieson's decision to swap Bath for Glasgow as the Olympic silver medallist looks to get himself back on track in the pool. 

Jamieson took silver in the 200m breaststroke at London 2012 but has struggled of late after he failed to qualify for the World Championships in Kazan this year. 

It was a strong showing for Britain's swimmers out in Russia as they racked up a record five gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

So Jamieson knows he needs to up his game if he is going to stand any chance of adding to his Olympic tally next summer.

"It's been a really tough decision to leave Bath as I have such a great relationship with all of the coaches and the athletes, but this is a performance based decision with Rio in mind," he said.

"I'm under no illusions as to how difficult that is and I have a long way to come back, but I know I'm capable of still being a world-class athlete.

"I'm focused on a medal in Rio."

King backing James to bounce back to her best

It may have been a long road back from illness and injury for Becky James but the Welsh cyclist is demonstrating there are promising signs ahead, according to Olympic champion Dani King.

A double world champion in 2013, James has endured a miserable last 18 months with a succession of injuries to her knee and shoulder, not to mention a cancer scare, seeing cycling take a back seat.

However, she is back in the saddle again and slowly working her way back to top fitness, with competitions in Germany, Portugal and France all being ticked off in the last few weeks.

Most recently, she was in Manchester for the British National Track Championships where she picked up silver in the sprint and keirin events.

And while close friend King may have now switched her attentions solely to the road, she made sure to keep a close eye on proceedings at the National Cycling Centre, and was left impressed with the results.

"I kept track of the National Track Championships last week and there were a number of good performances. Laura Trott had a few good days of racing with winning three golds and there was also Becky James," she said.

"She's coming back from a long lay-off but I thought there were some promising signs there.

"I'm really excited to watch how she gets on and what she achieves in the next year. You can see the improvements already and I don't doubt she'll be back to her best sooner rather than later."

Joyce happy with surroundings in Doha

Joe Joyce gave the thumbs up to the state of the art venue for next week's World Boxing Championships in Doha, where not just medals but Olympic qualification will be at stake.

The British heavyweight said: “The venue is great. All boxers are really good but I have already beaten lots of them and I want to add another title after my gold medal in the European Games in Baku. All the conditions are here for us to perform."

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