I’M going for gold – that’s the rallying cry from a promising swimmer with his sights on Olympic gold.
Michael Jamieson (22), from Robroyston, narrowly missed out on a podium place after finishing fifth in the 200m breaststroke finals at the World Championships in Shanghai recently.
He was also part of the team who came sixth in the 4x100m breaststroke relay, a finish which has guaranteed the squad a place in the London 2012 Olympics.
Michael – who was a pupil at St Joseph’s Primary in Cardowan, won silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli.
He says reaching the final has put him on course for an Olympic podium finish and hopes the home advantage will help him secure the ‘life changing’ gold medal.
Michael said: “I’m definitely going for gold. If you look at the stats the Olympic winners almost always come from the top eight at the World Championships so I’ve put myself in the frame.
“It would mean everything to win an Olympic medal, it’s the pinnacle of swimming as a sport. It’s always been the plan ever since I decided this was the career path for me. I’ve always wanted to mix on that stage and be one of the best in the world.
“It’s going to be a tall order, but the winning times at the World Championships are not times that scare me. It is achievable and, although the times are going to be faster, we will be in front of a home crowd in a familiar atmosphere.”
It was unclear whether Michael, a former member of Bishopbriggs Scotia Swimming Club, would even make the World Championships after he ruptured a ligament in March.
However, following a remarkable recovery, he has clinched first place in the 2011 British Swimming Championships 200m breaststroke and double gold in the Scottish National Championships.
The 200m breaststroke specialist added: “It’s pretty encouraging to come back so quickly and I took a lot of confidence from that.
“I know I’m capable of swimming a faster time than I did at the Worlds and there is a lot of room for improvement over the next year. I’m going for gold, but a podium is definitely achievable.”