Swimming star Michael is going for gold

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A SWIMMING ace has booked his place in the Olympic final of the 200m breaststroke after two record breaking performances.

Michael Jamieson, from Robroyston, set a British record of 2:08.89 to qualify second fastest from the morning heats yesterday (Tuesday).

The 23-year-old then smashed the record for a second time in a day, touching home in 2:08.20 in the semi-final to qualify fastest for the final tonight (Wednesday).

And having also set a Scottish record in his weaker 100m breaststroke, Michael admitted the atmosphere in London was bringing out the best in him.

The former member of Bishopbriggs Scotia Swimming Club, said: “It’s amazing. Every time I’m out here I get goosebumps walking behind the blocks.

“It’s really something special and it’s really helped me this week – I know that.

“I’m really happy with the time and I’m really excited for tomorrow night.”

Michael will be joined in tonight’s final by his teammate at the British Gas ITC Bath, Andrew Willis.

They are now the only two Brits to have ever swum under 2:09 for 200m Breaststroke.

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