Jamieson surprised by silver success

SCOT Michael Jamieson admits he surprised himself by swimming a new British best time to grab silver in the men’s 200m breaststroke last night at the Aquatics Centre.

Only a world record-breaking performance from Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta denied him Britain’s third gold of a thrilling day in which the hosts finally made their mark on the London 2012 Games.

“I knew there was a chance of gold but Dan’s been overwhelming and been challenging the world record,” said the 23-year-old, who is still to go in the 100m breaststroke and 4x100m relay. “I’m just delighted I swum so close. I can’t believe I’ve just swum two minutes, seven seconds.”

Jamieson’s compatriot and training partner Andrew Willis finished seventh. Britain’s Jemma Lowe finished sixth in the women’s 200m butterfly final, won by China’s Jiao Liuyang in an Olympic record time, while the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay team were fifth as the American quartet took gold and set an Olympic record.

Medal hope Fran Halsall reached tonight’s women’s 100m freestyle final by finishing fourth in her semi, while team-mate James Goddard will be in action this evening after qualifying for the men’s 200m medley final, behind American star duo Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps.