University of Bath-based swimmers Michael Jamieson and Stacey Tadd have both collected titles on the opening days of the British Championships.
Sports Performance student Jamieson, the Commonwealth Games 200m breaststroke silver medallist, won gold in the 100m breaststroke at the British Championships in Manchester.
He swam 1:01.31 to beat fellow British Gas Intensive Training Centre Bath swimmer Kris Gilchrist into second place. University of Bath graduate Richard Webb came third with Chemical Engineering student Andrew Wills in fourth. All four were covered by less than half a second at the finish.
“It was another close finish but the second half has always been my strength,” Jamieson said. “I’ve learnt from mistakes in Delhi and I’ve been working on my starts and finishes and it is paying off.”
Stacey Tadd, a University of Bath performance group swimmer, took gold in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:09.97, beating Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kate Haywood into second place with a terrific final 25m.
“I really didn’t expect that. Kate is so quick on the first 50m so I knew if I stuck with her I would be close to it,” said Tadd. “I heard the crowd and just kept going. It has given me massive confidence for the 200m which is my main event.”
Bath ITC swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn finished second behind Liam Tancock in the 100m backstroke.
Kate Grey University of Bath Coach Education and Sports Development graduate and the University’s 2010 Sports Personality of the Year, was runner-up in the women’s 50m freestyle multi-disability event.
The championships conclude on Saturday (12 March).
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Posted: Wednesday 9 March 2011