Swimming: Michael Jamieson wins 200m silver


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Michael Jamieson was forced to settle for another silver medal behind Hungary's Daniel Gyurta as the pair repeated the one-two of the London Olympics in the final of the 200m breaststroke at the world short-course championships in Istanbul last night.

It was a more than creditable effort by Jamieson who has been in heavy training and was left deeply dissatisfied by his qualifying swims that left him in lane eight for the final.

The Glaswegian was one of only two medal winners for Britain during an otherwise disappointing Olympics. His silver in London was a surprise but his second place last night underlined his stature as a major player in the event.

"I didn't really want to swim after how I was in the heats but I gave myself a real talking to," Jamieson told the BBC. Gyurta had broken the world record to win in London and last night he produced a championship best to finish in 2min 01.35sec with Jamieson touching in 2min 03sec. It was a new British record.

Jamieson's training partner in Bath, Andrew Willis, was fifth in a new English record of 2min 03.29sec.