Jamieson has sights set on Rio

18 September 2014 / 09:59

Michael Jamieson insists he will use his Commonwealth Games disappointment to spur him on to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

As a silver medallist from London 2012, all eyes were on Jamieson as he competed in his home pool of Tollcross at this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

However, despite setting his sights on 200m breaststroke gold and a new world record, the 26-year-old finished second behind Scotland team-mate Ross Murdoch.

Rather than getting back in the pool and racing at the European Championships in Berlin, an event which took place just a few weeks after Glasgow 2014, Jamieson took some time away from the sport.

But he is adamant nothing will get in his way as he looks to make a splash at Rio 2016.

“The event itself was a real success," said Jamieson. "It was great for the city, it was great for Scotland. I didn't swim the way I'd wanted to.

"I've been using my time away from the pool to take my head away from the sport a little bit and just try to prepare for the next season.

"It's natural to be disappointed after a result like I had. In sport it's just about trying again. There's no other option. That's what I'm going to try to do.

"It would be foolish not to (aim for Rio). Despite how disappointed I was, I'm still ranked number three in the world.

"It would be ridiculous to consider walking away from the sport in that position."

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