Former Glasgow School of Sport pupil Michael Jamieson has won silver in the 200m breaststroke at the London 2012 Olympic Games smashing the British record in the process.
Jamieson, who won silver in the same event at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, came home in 2mins 07.43secs, narrowly behind Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta, who set a new world record of 2:07.28. Japan’s Ryo Tateishi took bronze with a time of 2:08.29
The 23-year-old was competing in his first ever Olympic Games and is the Glasgow School of Sport’s first ever Olympian. He comfortably beat his own British record of 2:08.20, which was set in the semi-final.
Jamieson said: “I loved it out there. I knew I had more to give after the other night and it is so much easier to swim with a bit more confidence behind you. I have had so many messages of support it has been incredible. I was desperate to get on the podium and repay the faith and support I have had.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council said: "This is a fantastic day for Michael and he deserves all the praise he is getting after winning silver. As a city we are very proud of him and his performance tonight. Over the past few days Michael has shown why he is now considered one of the world’s top swimmers.
“To qualify for your first Olympics and then reach the podium shows just what Michael is capable of and that bodes well for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games when he will be no doubt going for gold.
“And while today is a fantastic day for Michael on a personal level it is also a proud day for Glasgow School if Sport, which is playing a key role in helping prepare our sports stars of the future.”
Director of Glasgow School of Sport, Angie Porter, said: "Everyone at the school is delighted for Michael. He was with us from the age of 11 to 18 so we know just what it will mean to him to have won silver in his first ever Olympic Games. But it comes as no surprise because we know just how hard he works in and out of the pool.
“We were all looking forward to seeing him in action at London 2012 and, as always, he never let us down. He is an inspiration to our pupils and has shown just what can be achieved through hard work, commitment and passion for sport. I can’t wait to catch up with him after the Games.”
Since first opening its doors in 1999, Glasgow School of Sport has helped develop and nurture some of Scotland's top young athletes and sports stars through its commitment to sporting and academic excellence. The school has five sport specialisms – athletics, badminton, gymnastics, hockey and swimming, with pupils focussing on one key sport. Entry is by selection only.
Glasgow School of Sport is Scotland's first school dedicated to sporting excellence. It is funded by the Scottish Government and is run in partnership between Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life. The School offers a modified curriculum giving pupils the flexibility necessary to achieve the correct balance between sports training and their academic studies – encompassing all aspects of the new curriculum for excellence (CfE).