Friends full of praise for Scottish silver medalist swimmer

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FRIENDS of Olympic medallist Michael Jamieson, who produced the swim of his career to clinch silver in the 200m breaststroke, have told of their delight at his 
achievement.

Jamieson’s counterparts from the University of Edinburgh swim club gathered together to cheer him on as he won Great Britain’s second medal in the pool.

The group included Kris Gilchrist who held the British record for the 200m breaststroke until Jamieson broke it and has known Jamieson for around nine years.

The 28-year-old said: “I actually can’t believe how fast he just swam there. There’s been a lot of talk about a potential gold medal there and he messaged me last night telling me what time he thought Daniel Gyurta was going to go and he wasn’t far off.

“I’ve seen what Michael does in training and we knew he was capable of going at a good personal best but to go 2 minutes 07.43 seconds was an absolute unbelievable swim.”

Gayle Biggart, 22, the club’s outgoing president, said: “We are all absolutely delighted. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, he trains really hard and he deserves it so much.

“We’re so proud, it’s such an amazing achievement.”

Scotland’s sports minister, Shona Robison, said Scotland was “proud” of Michael Jamieson’s medal win.

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