British swimmer Michael Jamieson rounded off 2013 with another British record at the Duel in the Pool – and he insists he’ll take that ahead of an all-important 2014.
Scot Jamieson might have failed to add a global long course medal to his silver won in the 200m breaststroke at the London 2012 Olympics but he’s enjoyed a fine end to 2013.
The 25-year-old lowered both British marks in the 100m and 200m breaststrokes on the way to sixth and a silver medal respectively at the European Short Course Championships in Denmark.
Jamieson then formed part of the European Allstars team that cruelly lost against the USA at the Duel in the Pool in Glasgow courtesy of a dramatic tie-breaker.
In the 2014 Commonwealth Games venue Jamieson won the 200m breaststroke before setting a new British 100m record of 57.52 seconds for fourth – and he was made up with his performances.
“I’m really happy with my swim (on Saturday),” said Jamieson. “That’s 0.3 faster than my time at Europeans, which is a new British record so I’m delighted.
“I don’t have the speed that those other guys have over 100m and can’t match those tall guys over the front half.
“But the atmosphere was amazing again and it’s so good to have so many people and this kind of coverage.
“As good as on the first night was, I had it in my legs to go faster. In a strange way I knew I had a bit left and was capable of getting that British record again.”
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