Swimming: Jamieson and Gilchrist face tough battle

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Michael JAMIESON and Kris Gilchrist were clubmates at City of Edinburgh swimming club and they now train together in Bath. Tonight, the two Scots face a battle to qualify for the 200m breaststroke at the London Olympics.

Only the top two from the final of the British Gas British Championships at the London Aquatics Centre have a chance of selection. And Jamieson and Gilchrist are joined in the mix by a third Bath man in England’s Andrew Willis.

Glasgow-born Jamieson, fifth in last year’s World Championships, led after the semi-finals in 2min 11.47sec, with Gilchrist, the 2008 Olympian, making it as third fastest in 2:13.22. Willis split them in 2:11.87.

On Sunday, Jamieson just missed out on qualification when he finished third in the 100m behind Daniel Sliwinski and Warrender’s teenage sensation Craig Benson, 17, and he admitted: “It’s going to be tough. Andrew and Kris are both world-class but there are only two Olympic places available.”

Benson made it to the semis but the Livingston lad failed to make it into another final with a time of 2:15.67.

Scotland’s Hannah Miley made sure of two individual swims when she won the 200m individual medley last night – she had already bagged the 400m title last Saturday.

In the 200m freestyle, Scot Caitlin McClatchey won silver 1:58.07 behind Sheffield’s Rebecca Turner, who clocked 1:57.65.