Jamieson Dazzles on Day Three in Leeds

9th March 2013

Day three of the British Gas International Open Meet in Leeds saw Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson claim his second gold of the meet in the 200m Breaststroke - his trademark event.
Following his empathic win in the 100m Breaststroke the previous evening, Jamieson continued the meet in style posting a time of 2:10.43 to seal the win over his training partner, Bracknell and Wokingham SC’s Andrew Willis (2:11.42).
“I went out pretty fast in that race and I paid for it a little at the end, but I know if I want to improve I’m going to have to push myself hard on the first 100. It’s always going to feel a little uncomfortable at this stage in training.
“I love racing in finals and trying to swim fast drives me; I think the fact that I really enjoy it helps me to get up for the evening swims and post good times when it matters.”
DSW Darmstad swimmer Marco Koch battled hard against Willis in the final 5m but settled for the bronze in a 2:11.64.
Ellesmere College swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn looked strong following an altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada to take the win in the Men’s Open 100m Backstroke final in 54.80.
Walker-Hebborn, who trains at the British Gas Bath ITC with teammates Jamieson and Willis, was pleased with his performance.
“I’m really happy with that swim, I know everyone is in different phases of training at the moment but it’s good to come here and take two wins so I’m really happy.
“It helps a lot having my Bath ITC teammates here swimming the way they are and it’s nice to be up there getting good swims in too. We have a great network of staff and swimmers so things are looking really good.”
Double World Champion Liam Tancock (Loughborough University) powered to the finish to claim the silver in 55.00, with Bastiaan Lijesen (Netherlands) touching in 55.27 to take the
remaining podium place.
In the Women’s Open 50m Freestyle, Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo clinched her second gold of the meet in a time of 24.56.
The silver medal went to Loughborough University’s Francesca Halsall who touched in 24.77 ahead of Jeanette Ottesen-Gray (25.36) who took bronze.
Roberto Pavoni (Loughborough University) continued his busy schedule in Leeds with the final of the Men’s Open 400IM, racing to the finish first in a time of 4:19.23.
Pavoni, who trains at the British Gas Loughborough ITC, said: “I feel pretty confident; I’m happy with that swim. It’s always nice to win a big event like this and it’s great preparation for the
World Championship trials in June.
“My first target for this year is to qualify for the World Championships, hopefully in more than one event. Two years ago I made the final at the Worlds so I’d love to improve on that performance this time round.”
Matthew Johnson (City of Sheffield) followed closely behind the British Record holder to secure himself the silver medal in a time of 4:20.96, with Doncaster Dartes swimmer Max Litchfield (4:21.44) taking bronze.
Olympic gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte showed her class in the Women’s Open 100m Breaststroke final winning by just under two seconds.
The Plymouth Leander teenager put clear water between herself and the rest of the field, coming home in a time of 1:06.75.
Moniek Nijhuis (Netherlands) produced a 1:08.40 to take the second podium position and Bath University’s Siobhan Marie O’Connor (1:08.42) claimed her second medal of the meet securing bronze.
In a nail-biting race, Millfield swimmer James Guy (1:48.28) clinched the win in the Men’s Open 200m Freestyle event securing the title over City of Glasgow’s Robert Renwick (1:48.65).
“I really wasn’t expecting to go that fast tonight - I’m so happy with that swim and hopefully my 400m Freestyle next time will be faster too.
“I’ve got the 800m Free tomorrow which isn’t my main event but I’m going to give it a good go as I have nothing to lose.”
The final podium spot went to Sebastiaan Verschuren (Netherlands) who swam a time of 1:49.42 to secure the bronze.
In the Women’s Open 200m Butterfly final, Loughborough University’s Tilly Gray battled hard to take the win ahead of Elena Sheridan (Romford Town) in a time of 2:10.78 – a personal best.
Silver medallist Sheridan closed down fast in the final 50m but was just touched out by Gray in 2:11.01. Swansea University swimmer Alys Thomas (2:11.63) took bronze.
Benjamin Proud (Plymouth Leander) shone in the final of the Men’s Open 50m Butterfly against a tough field, improving on his heat performance to win in a time of 24.10.
Proud, who won 50m Butterfly silver at the European Junior Championships in Antwerp last summer, was happy to win in his preferred event.
“If I had to choose between the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly I would say the Fly is my favourite so I’m really pleased to get the gold.
“My plan now going forward is to keep training hard and hopefully look to post some fast times at the trials in June.”
Loughborough University swimmer Adam Barrett (24.45) and Oxford University’s Jack Marriott (24.49) touched in second and third position respectively.