Jamieson powers to silver

14 December 2012 / 18:33

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson added another medal to his collection after taking second in the 200 metres breaststroke at the World Short-Course Championships in Istanbul.

The 24-year-old had only squeezed into the final as the slowest qualifier but he underlined the hunger that drove him to silver at the 2012 Games by touching second behind Daniel Gyurta, who also beat him to gold in London.

Jamieson lowered his own British record to two minutes 03.00 seconds with team-mate Andrew Willis in fifth, just 0.21secs off the podium.

The 24-year-old Jamieson had described his effort in this morning's heat as "hopeless", saying he had little drive off the wall, a problem which is exacerbated in a short-course (25m) pool where there are seven turns.

Jamieson said: "It just goes to show the power of psychology. I was disappointed with the 100m the other day and this morning. 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."

Lizzie Simmonds - a Bath stablemate of Jamieson and Willis - was fifth in the 200m backstroke.

The 21-year-old also squeezed in in eighth place but was third with 50m to go although the fact she is in the midst of heavy training had an undoubted effect in the latter stages.

Simmonds, fourth in London, was overhauled and finished in 2:04.55, 0.40secs off the podium.