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Jamieson - back us for Rio

British Swimming faces funding cuts after missing medal target

Last Updated: 19/08/12 4:28pm

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Jamieson eyes Glasgow

Olympic silver medalist Michael Jamieson has called on funding body UK Sport to show faith in Britain's swimmers after the team failed to meet their medal target at London 2012.

Jamieson's second-place in the 200m breaststroke was the home nation's best result in the pool, the only other swimmer to make the podium was Rebecca Adlington, who took double bronze in the 400m and 800m freestyle.

That represented a step backwards from Beijing in 2008 when swimming provided Team GB with six medals, three in the pool including two golds for Adlington and three in the open water.

UK Sport, the quango which distributes public money for elite sport, set British Swimming a target of five to seven medals in London.

But Jamieson pointed to the increased number of swimmers making it through to finals and is confident UK Sport will see the bigger picture when they decide on their budgets for the next Olympic cycle.

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"We are tinged with disappointment, we'd have liked more medals on the board but had more finalists than ever; the second highest nation in terms of finalists, you can't argue with stats like that."
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"It is not going to be a kneejerk reaction," Jamieson told Sky Sports News when asked about possible funding cuts.

"The people in charge are there for a reason, because they are great at what they do.

"I think swimming has had fantastic support over the last few years and that is testament to the success we have had.

"Looking back at the Olympic Games, we would have liked to have more medals on the table but overall as a team we have still shown progression.

"We are tinged with disappointment, we'd have liked more medals on the board but had more finalists than ever; the second highest nation in terms of finalists, you can't argue with stats like that.

"The swimming at the Games highlighted how small the margin for error is at the top. We had a number of fourth to ninth place finishes. We are putting ourselves in the mix.

"I hope we will continue to be backed in the lead-up to Rio."

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He added: "Everyone looks at the medal table but we, as swimmers, coaches and performance directors - everyone involved in the sport - look beyond that and look at the number of finalists and lifetime bests.

"We had so many fourth to ninth place finishes as well. We are disappointed as athletes, we'd love to be in there breaking records and winning more medals, but we are on the right track.

"I think we are there, we are one of the top nations in the world and I don't think wholesale changes are needed."

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