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Jamieson shows his class in Sheffield

June 28, 2013

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Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson posted the fastest time in the world this year to reclaim his 200m Breaststroke title at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Jamieson was just 0.33 seconds behind the British Record he set in London as he claimed gold in 2.07.78 – one of four swimmers under the 2:11.67 qualifying standard for the World Championships in a competitive final.

Jamieson’s British Gas Bath ITC teammate Andrew Willis also dipped under the qualifying time to take silver in 2.08.59 while Millfield’s Robert Holderness lowered his Welsh record to 2.10.61 for bronze.

Warrender’s Craig Benson also set a PB 2:11.21 t beat the Worlds time but it was the Olympic silver medallist who took the top prize, reclaiming the title he won in 2010 and 2011.

I was really fired up tonight to race so I’m delighted with that – Michael Jamieson

“I was surprised to be honest,” said Jamieson. “I’ve had a bit of a shoulder injury over the past six weeks or so and only ten days ago I wasn’t sure that I would even be able to compete here.

“I was really fired up tonight to race so I was delighted with that.

“There’s no medals won here, I need to go back put in some hard work because I’ll have to go faster than that to get onto the podium in Barcelona.”

City of Glasgow’s Robbie Renwick took his second gold of the meet, adding the 200m Freestyle to the 400m Free title he won on the opening night.

Defending champion Renwick took the win in 1.46.63 – ducking under the Worlds QT in the process – ahead of City of Cardiff’s Ieuan Lloyd who narrowly out-touched Millfield’s James Guy in the sprint finish for silver.

Lloyd came home in 1.48.05 with Guy in third in 1.48.29, both were just outside the qualifying standard of 1:47.47.

“I’m really happy with the time because I wasn’t sure about how it would go tonight as my legs felt really stiff,” said Commonwealth champion Renwick. “It’s because I’ve done a lot of back to back racing so it’s been a tough week.”

Jazz Carlin added the 1500m Freestyle title to the 800m Free crown she won last night, swimming a British Record of 15.47.26 to collect her second gold and post a world leading time for the second consecutive night.

Carlin lowered her previous best from March’s British Gas International Meet to take the win ahead of Jessica Thielmann of Newcastle in silver in a new personal best 16.19.92 and Aisha Thornton (Loughborough University), who was third in 16.44.12.

“I’ve forgotten how hard the 1500m is,” said Carlin. “It was great to get involved and have a good race.

“Last year was really tough for me and my family but when you come back and do best times, it makes it worthwhile.

City of Sheffield’s Ellie Faulkner out-touched her training partner Rebecca Turner to take gold in the 200m Freestyle.

Faulkner was in second place at the halfway point but pulled ahead to take the win in 1.58.42 – just 0.44 outside the qualifying standard for Barcelona.

urner won silver in 1.58.88 with Edinburgh University’s Caitlin McClatchey in third (1.59.29).

“It’s been a good week. I made the team in the 800m yesterday and that was my aim,” she said. “It took the pressure off tonight.

“Bring on the 400m on Sunday. Jazz is on great form so we’ll be fighting it out for the win.”

Plymouth Leanders’s Ben Proud broke Mark Foster’s 10-year old British record in both the semis and final as he claimed the 50m Butterfly title.

The 18-year-old beat his nearest rival by over a second to touch for gold in 23.10, well within the 23.72 qualifying standard for the World Championships.

“It’s been a really good day, I can’t quite believe it,” said Proud. “It all just went to plan.”

James Doolan of Loughborough University took the silver in a personal best 24.21 with James Graham of Glasgow picking up bronze in a PB 24.27.

In the women’s 50m Breaststroke final, Team Bath’s Stacey Tadd took the gold in a lifetime best 31.75, ahead of Kathryn Johnstone (Edinburgh University) who took silver in 31.77 and Sophie Taylor of Leeds, who was third in 31.87.

“I’m really surprised by that,” said Tadd. “But I have been swimming well this week so I’m really pleased with that.”

Guildford’s Marco Loughran lowered his Welsh Record to win the 50m Backstroke, beating world champion Liam Tancock by just 0.01 in a thrilling final.

Loughran touched in 25.03 with Tancock taking silver in 25.04 and the Welsh swimmer admitted the head-to-head had spurred him on.

“That was a great swim, a nice race,” said Loughran “Liam pushed me on to that time.

“I haven’t set a PB in five years but that’s what I’ve hung on for and now I can really celebrate that win.”

The bronze medal went to Luke Wood of Salford in 25.90.

Jemma Lowe (Swansea ITC) is safely through to tomorrow night’s 100m Butterfly final, winning her semi inside the World Championships qualifying standard to touch in 58.18.

After just missing the required time for the 200m Fly, Lowe will be looking to dip under the 100m mark in tomorrow’s final.

Loughborough University’s Rachael Kelly was the second fastest qualifier in a PB 58.60 with Georgia Barton in third, also in a PB of 1.00.33.

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor will start in lane four in the final of the 200m IM after qualifying fastest in the semi-finals, posting 2.12.27.

In what promises to be one of the best races of the meet, O’Connor will face tough competition from team mate Sophie Allen (Bath ITC), Sophie Smith (Loughborough University) Danielle Lowe (Bebington) , Aimee Willmott (Middlesbrough) and reigning champion Hannah Miley (Garioch) who all qualified within 1.5 seconds of each other.

Georgia Davies of Swansea ITC is safely through to the 100m Backstroke final tomorrow night, qualifying in the fastest time of 1:00.45.

City of Manchester’s Jessica Fullalove was the second fastest qualifier in a personal best 1.00.93 with Stockport Metro’s Lauren Quigley in third, touching in 1.01.02.

Dan Wallace of Warrender will go into lane four in the men’s event of the 200m IM after posting a lifetime best of 1.59.80. Loughborough ITC’s Roberto Pavoni also swam a personal best of 1.59.80 to progress second with Ieuan Lloyd ranked third


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