Great Scot - Michael Jamieson – LEN

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A strong British team will contest the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, featuring four recently-crowned world champions. Here’s our one-stop-shop for getting to know your home heroes that will descend on Tollcross and compete for medals with Europe’s best. Freya Anderson: a Scouse sensation whose inexorable rise shows no signs of slowing. IG – […]
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Huge volunteer effort forms backbone of smooth running of EuroSwim

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Great Scot – Michael Jamieson

Michael Jamieson is the young boy from Robroyston who grew up to be an Olympic and Commonwealth medallist.

His craft was honed in the swimming pools of Glasgow, with Tollcross akin to his second home and then his playground at the highest level of the sport.

As an age-grouper, Jamieson was developed at City of Glasgow and that was the crucible from which the young Scot decided to forge a swimming career.

His first taste of international success came at the 2010 Commonwealth Games while representing Team Scotland in the 200m breaststroke.

Two years later and Jamieson broke through on the biggest stage of all, soaring to an Olympic silver medal in the same event at London 2012.

It wasn’t just long course where the Scot proved his mettle – Jamieson was a superstar over 25m, too.  

He claimed bronze in the 200m breaststroke at the 2011 LEN Short Course European Championships, going on to seal silver medals in the event at the 2012 World Championships and 2013 Europeans.

But it all came back to Glasgow and it was in his home city where Jamieson would experience the peaks and troughs of his career.  

An ambassador in the lead up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Jamieson dreamed of completing a fairy-tale in front of raucous home support.

“Looking back on London, I remember really vividly getting onto the podium and having a look up to see all my friends and family,” Jamieson said.

“And my team-mates were there – the guys who hadn’t quite been able to qualify for the Olympics.

“It was important for me that they were there because they had a hand in my progress. I wanted them to feel part of the result.

“It was an equal feeling of relief and happiness that I got the result I was looking for.

“It was the realisation of a career-long goal. Winning that medal in London changed my life. I’m a sponsored athlete now.

“In terms of my sporting career, it was the best few weeks of my life and I think Glasgow could have been even better than that.”

However the poster boy was stunned by young compatriot Ross Murdoch in the 200m, leaving Jamieson with silver.  

Despite Jamieson’s disappointment, it was a superb result for Scottish swimming and a sign of the legacy he’d leave behind.

In 2017, Jamieson called time on his swimming career and has spoken out about his battle with depression and the emotional fitness of athletes.

A Glasgow boy through and through, he launched the city’s first swimming academy – Michael Jamieson Swim Academy – in September 2019 to give something back to his community.

Despite heartbreak in his home city, Jamieson is one of the greats of Scottish swimming.