Michael Jamieson targets Barcelona after win

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Scotland’s Michael Jamieson won the 200m breaststroke at yesterday’s East District Open Championships but it was anything but a dawdle for the ­Olympic silver medallist at Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Jamieson trailed behind his Bath University training partner Andrew Willis at halfway and then had to hold off a late challenge from fast-rising Scot Ross Murdoch (West Dunbartonshire).

Jamieson’s time was 2:13.39, but he admitted he was more concerned about preparing for this month’s World Championship trials in Sheffield than producing world-class swims in his former training pool. “This meet was all about getting some races before the trials,” said the 24-year-old, who was a member of the City of Swimming scheme before moving south. “I took a break after the Olympics and then it has been case of balancing things. For me, it’s still a case of putting swimming first.

“I’m really looking forward to the World Championships [in Barcelona next month] and I want to be on the podium. But I know it is going to be difficult even to make the British team. These Championships haven’t really been a marker to form, but just the last spike to training before the final countdown to the British trials.”

For Murdoch, the second place in 2:13.60 was a sign that he has stepped up a gear and is aiming for Team GB selection. On Saturday, he upset the rankings by winning the 100m breaststroke. Jamieson finished third with another Scottish Olympian, Warrender’s Craig Benson, taking the silver medal.

“I’m delighted with the weekend,” said Stirling-based Murdoch, a 200m silver medallist at last year’s European Junior Championships. “The 200m time was a personal best by 0.02.”

Murdoch added another silver in the 50m breaststroke in 28.26 – Daniel ­Sliwinski (Preston) won in 28.16.

Scot Hannah Miley claimed her ­second gold of the Championships, adding her favourite 400m individual medley to Saturday’s 400m freestyle. The ­Garioch 23-year-old’s time of 4:44.81 was more than two seconds better than runner-up Rachael Solway (Loughborough University).