London 2012

Silver for Jamieson

Hungarian shaves 0.03 off the previous world record

Last Updated: 02/08/12 8:45am

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Michael Jamieson: closing in fast at the finish

Michael Jamieson: closing in fast at the finish

Britain's Michael Jamieson won the silver medal in the 200m breaststroke behind a world-record swim from Hungary's Daniel Gyurta. Japan's Ryo Tateishi won the bronze.

Gyurta held on to beat Jamieson in a desperate finish to win in a time of two minutes 07.28 seconds.

That shaved 0.03 off the previous world record set by Australia's Christian Sprenger at the 2009 world championships in Rome, when the now-banned polyurethane bodysuits were still allowed.

The 23-year-old Scot was second in 2:07.43 after making up half a second in the final 50m and almost drawing level with Gyurta approaching the wall, while Tateishi, swimming in the outside lane, was third in 2:08.29.

"It was a really hard race, in the last 20 metres I saw Jamieson, he was so fast in the last part," Gyurta said. "It was hard for me, but I managed to do it.

"I can't believe it, it was my dream when I was young (to get the medal and the world record).

Jamieson said: "It was so much easier to swim tonight with a bit of confidence back. I've received so many messages of support and I was desperate to get on the podium to thank everyone for their support."

The Scot had lowered the British record twice en route to the final to become the eighth fastest swimmer in the event in history.

Japan's Kosuke Kitajima, going for a third straight Olympic title, was shut out of the medals in fourth.

Missile downed

In other action on Wednesday, Nathan Adrian destroyed James Magnussen's ambition of adding the Olympic title to his world crown when the American out-touched him by one one hundredth of a second in the 100 metres freestyle.

Magnussen, known as 'The Missile', had been the red-hot favourite coming into London but doubts arose when the sprint freestyle relay squad finished out of the medals.

The race was a proper head to head down the second length with Adrian taking the title in 47.52 seconds.

Rebecca Soni set a new world record of two minutes 20.00 seconds in the semi-finals of the 200 metres breaststroke.

The defending Olympic champion already held the Olympic record but Annamay Pierse was the world record holder, setting the mark at the 2009 World Championships in Rome.

It was the second world record of the night after Gyurta's landmark in the men's 200m breaststroke.

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