Three months to go and Scotland’s Michael Jamieson has firmly set his sights on striking gold for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.
The 25-year-old Olympic silver medallist, who trains in Bath but represents Edinburgh University in Scotland, showed he is ready to make his dream come true in Glasgow this summer by winning the 200m breaststroke at last night’s British Gas Championship at the Tollcross International Centre.
The time of 2:07.79 was just outside his British record – and faster than when he won the Scottish Gas Championship in the same pool a week ago today.
England’s Adam Peaty (2:09.40) finished second and Andrew Willis (2:09.85) was third. Scot Craig Benson was fifth and, as at the Scottish Championships, he just missed out on Commonwealth Games selection.
“There are just over 100 days to go until the Games and I’m just where I want to be,” said Jamieson after posting a world’s best time this year. “This is my last swim in the pool before then. I know I have a wonderful opportunity this summer and I’ve got to take it.”
Edinburgh University’s Caitlin McClatchey just missed out on a medal in the 200m freestyle, but clinched a Games qualifying time of 1:59.02. England’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor won in 1:56.39.
McClatchey, the 28-year-old veteran, won the Games 200m and 400m in Melbourne eight years ago, but her trials have been affected by a back problem.
“The injury is a lot better and it’s a relief to make the time. I was determined to make my third Commonwealths and now it’s all about Glasgow 2014,” she said. “I’ll see how my back is tomorrow before I make any decision about going in the 400m and 100m this weekend. Everything I do from now on will be about Glasgow 2014.”
Corrie Scott (Edinburgh University), the Scottish Champion, won her semi-final of the 50m breaststroke in 31.63secs and she will be joined by fellow Scots Kathryn Johnstone Andrea Strachan – also from Edinburgh University – and Hatfield’s Katie Armitage in tonight’s final.
City of Glasgow’s Robbie Renwick decided not to defend the 400m freestyle – he has already made sure of Games selection – but England’s James Guy made his mark with a superb British record of 3:45.15.