University of Bath Sports Performance student Michael Jamieson was just edged out of a second Olympic medal as Team GB finished fourth in the men’s medley relay at London 2012 tonight (Saturday).
Michael won an impressive silver medal in the 200m breaststroke on Wednesday night and stepped into the 4x100m medley relay quartet for the last race in the pool at London 2012. It meant he also had the opportunity to compete in the last race featuring US legend Michael Phelps.
The GB team came home fourth in 3:32.32. Afterwards Michael, who trains at the British Swimming Bath Intensive Training Centre at the University of Bath, said: “We knew it was going to be tough tonight, but we also knew we had a chance. Everyone stepped up again and we went faster than in the heats. It was a great race.
“It’s been amazing, it’s been such a pleasure to race here,” he added of his first Olympic Games.
Sixteen-year-old Siobahn-Marie O’Connor, who also swims at the Bath ITC, rounded off her first Olympic campaign by swimming in her first Olympic final.
The GB team finished eighth in the 4x100m medley relay. Afterwards Siobahn-Marie said: “It’s been a whirlwind and to be in an Olympic final is the best experience ever. I’ll never forget it.”
In athletics, Dai Greene progressed to Monday’s 400m hurdles final, but he did it the hard way via the ‘fastest losers’ spot.
Dai finished fourth in the first of three semis tonight (Saturday) and then faced an anxious wait to see whether his time of 48.19 was quick enough to book a place in the final.
It was – in fact it was quicker than his World Championship winning 48.26 from last year – and Dai gets to fight again on Monday night as the second of two fastest losers.
But there was disappointment for Sports Performance student Jack Green, who like Dai is coached by Malcolm Arnold, UK Athletics National Events Coach Hurdles.
Jack hit a hurdle in semi-final two and did not finish the race, leaving the track clutching his hip.
You can watch the men’s 400m hurdles final on our video wall at the University of Bath Sports Training Village at 20.45 on Monday.
Tomorrow (Sunday) Eilidh Child makes her Olympic debut in the women’s 400m hurdles heats. Eiliidh, like Dai and Jack, is coached at the University of Bath by Malcolm Arnold. The heats are scheduled for 19.00.
Medals won by GB athletes with University of Bath links
Silver: Michael Jamieson (Sports Performance) – swimming, 200m breaststroke
Gold: Heather Stanning (Sports Technology) & Helen Glover – rowing, women’s pair
Silver: Gemma Gibbons (Sports Performance) – judo, under-78kg
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