A determined final 100m swim helped Michael Jamieson on to a silver medal behind a world record performance by Daniel Gyurta in the men’s 200m breaststroke final this evening at the aquatics centre in the Olympic Park.
Jamieson was the fastest qualifier going into tonight’s final with fellow Brit Andrew Willis third fastest. Therefore, there were high hopes of a medal. Gyurta the fastest qualifier, is the current World and European champion in this event and his class showed as he finished in a time of 2:07.28 which bettered the previous world record by 0.03 seconds. The pace was a little too quick for Willis as he finished back in eighth place.
Tonight also saw the final of the women’s 200m butterfly. Team GB’s Jemma Lowe put in an excellent swim from lane eight to finish in sixth place in a final won by Liuyang Jiao of China.
The final event of the night was the women’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay which was won by the USA in an Olympic Record time of 7:42.92 after an astonishing final leg from Allison Schmitt who yesterday won the individual 200m freestyle event. Australia finished in second and France further back in third.
Hannah Miley was brought into the British team for the final and joined Caitlin McClatchey, Rebecca Turner and Joanne Jackson to knock two seconds off the time that put them into the final. This time, however, was only enough for fifth place.