Jamieson leads European charge at 2013 Duel

20th December 2013

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson won maximum points in front of a home crowd as the European Allstars took a slender lead on day one of the 2013 Speedo Duel In The Pool in Glasgow.
Cheered on by a partisan crowd at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Jamieson pounced in the final length to win the 200m Breaststroke while Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte also boosted the European cause with two individual wins.
Jamieson, who will return to Tollcross to swim for Commonwealth glory in 2014, stormed home to take victory in 2:01.84 with Euro Allstars teammate Marco Koch touching in 2:01.90 and USA’s Kevin Cordes third in 2:02.38.
And while he fell short of his British record 2:01.43 from last week’s European Short Course Championships, the Scot insisted he was only concerned with the result on the night.
“There was only 0.3 between myself and Marco last week at Europeans and I think tactically I went for the win tonight rather than the time,” said Jamieson.
“I was probably out a bit too slow and bit too controlled there because I was watching what was going on in the race. I did leave it too late but it was alright and I got the result I wanted in the end.”
Belmonte, who has set short course world records over 400m , 800m and 1500m Freestyle this year, set the ball rolling in the opening race, taking 400m IM victory in 4:24.58 ahead of EU teammate Aimee Willmott (4:26.80) and USA’s Caitlin Leverenz (4:28.45).
She added a second victory in the 400m Freestyle, leading home a European clean sweep of the points in 3:57.65 ahead of Melani Costa (3:59.14) and Lotte Friis (4:00.19).
“I felt very strong racing tonight and I really wanted to win for Europe so I’m pleased,” said Belmonte.
“The 400 Free was really difficult to win because it had Katie Ledecky and Melanie Costa so that was a good swim.”
The European Allstars dominated the women’s events in Glasgow with Michelle Coleman winning the 100m Freestyle, Daryna Zevina claiming top points in the 200m Backstroke and Jeanette Ottesen taking the touch in the 100 Butterfly.
Ottesen returned at the end of the session to join Fran Halsall, Moniek Nijhuis and Simona Baumrtova and claim full points in the 4x100m Medley Relay.
The American men enjoyed more success that their female counterparts with Eugene Godsoe (200m Backstroke), Tom Shields (100m Butterfly) and Michael Klueh (400m Freestyle) taking individual wins. Micah Lawrence (200m Breaststroke) was their only female race winner on the night.
French swimmer Yannick Agnel led home Great Britain’s Adam Brown for a surprise European one-two in the 100m Freestyle while the final race – the men’s 4x100m Medley Relay – went to the American quartet of Godsoe, Shields, Kevin Cordes and James Feigen.
Tomorrow sees the 2013 Speedo Duel In The Pool conclude with the European Allstars looking to land their first Duel title.