Jamieson has eyes firmly on Rio despite Worlds absence

Jamieson has eyes firmly on Rio despite Worlds absence
By Sportsbeat

17/06/2015 at 17:13

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson is not one to shirk away from the truth, with the swimmer adamant he is back on track following the disappointments of the last 12 months.

Jamieson was one of two British medallists at London 2012 alongside Rebecca Adlington when he finished second in the men's 200m breaststroke.

But while elevating his status in world swimming, the 26-year-old has come under fierce competition from a little closer to home.

Last year in front of his home fans at the Commonwealth Games, the Scot was pushed into second by compatriot Ross Murdoch in the 200m breaststroke.

He was then left out of the British team for next month's World Championships in Kazan, Russia although Jamieson insists he has dealt with the recent set backs.

"It was a poor result in my eyes as I was in a pretty privileged position with a Commonwealth Games in my home town," said Jamieson, speaking at the official opening of the newly-refurbished London 2012 Legacy Pool at the University of Bath where he is based.

"I think a lot of the reaction from that was self-inflicted. I am in the sport to win medals and I have won a number of major medals.

"I have not been afraid to say things over the last few years but maybe that is actually making my job a little bit harder.

"It would be easier to give the bog standard answer and gloss over the disappointment, but I want people to relate to my journey as an athlete and I am not frightened to share what my goals and targets are."

With Rio ticking ever closer, Jamieson will fill the gap left by missing the World Championships by travelling to Texas for the United States National Championships in August.

But the Brit remains confident he can be back competing on the biggest stage of all come Rio 2016.

"I am in a great place now, I have been back four or five weeks and had some really encouraging results in Europe," he added.

"I am looking forward going into an Olympic year under the radar a little and if I didn't think I could better my result from 2012 next summer I would still not be involved in the sport.

"The Olympics is the pinnacle of the sport and the event everyone cares about.

"I've got got bags of experience, I know how to handles these big-stage events and physically I know what I need to do to get in prime condition.

"I had an amazing experience in London and I want to go one better."

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