Single swim turns into triple chance
SWIMMING Michael Jamieson is determined to grab his London 2012 opportunity with both hands after potentially tripling his participation spots – without even entering a competitive race.
The Bath Intensive Training Centre swimmer qualified for a 200m breaststroke place at the Games by finishing as runner-up in the British Championships at the London Aquatics Centre in March.
And last week he was awarded a 100m place following injury to national champion Dan Sliwinski – discovering the news via Chronicle Sport's Twitter feed.
"It left me with mixed emotions as I am really good friends with Dan," said Jamieson, who could also be involved in the 4x100m medley relay thanks to his second selection.
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"He is the British champion and has been doing really well, swimming some fast times this year. I'm sure he was going to be very successful this summer.
"It's made me realise I need to up my game and make sure I put in a performance to match the one Dan would have put in."
Jamieson chose not to swim in the second-chance trials, the ASA National Championships in Sheffield, but the first two in the 100m breaststroke final failed to achieved the qualifying time which would have secured the vacant spot.
That meant Jamieson was promoted, having finished third behind Sliwinski and Craig Benson in March, but he only discovered the news via @chronsport on Twitter.
"It was a little bit strange and I was surprised I didn't hear anything official but at the back of my mind I knew it could happen once Dan got injured." said the 23-year-old, who will go head-to-head with Benson for the relay place.
"It's great that I've got the extra spot because I can use it to boost my performance in the 200m. The longer distance is my preferred event and it's the one I actually qualified for outright, so it's the one I am focusing on doing well in.
"If I can perform well in the 100m, maybe make the final and set a fast time, it will be a stepping stone for what will hopefully be an even better result in the 200m.
"The fact that I'm also in the 100m means I'm available for the medley relay as well. That's something I am really excited about as it could potentially be three final places.
"I was part of the British team at the World Championships in China last year and we ended up finishing sixth. I've got the experience, so hopefully I am the one that gets the spot.
"I love competing at the big events and it's where I have produced my best performances. I really enjoy the atmosphere and don't think I feel the pressure that goes with them."