London 2012: Swimming Day Five

Michael Jamieson wins silver in the men's 200m breaststroke final, while Jemma Lowe is sixth in the 200m butterfly.

1 August 2012 Last updated at 21:32

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  1. 2123: 

    Another evening of world records, Olympic records and golden moments at the Aquatics Centre. Can it get any better? Um, yeah, because Britain's James Goddard will compete with Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps in the men's 200m medley final. Lochte could win two individual golds tomorrow evening as he also swims in the 200m backstroke final. Join us tomorrow for more splashing around.

  2. 2122: 

    Ian Thorpe, speaking on BBC One: "I am really proud of the medal for Australia. There was a point when I thought we were in for a shock. This is a very good silver for us."

  3. 2120: 

    When Schmidt removes her goggles she can see her delirious team-mates waving their arms in the air, celebrating America's eighth gold medal in the pool.

  4. 2119:  
    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    "Solid swim from the British but Olympic record for the Americans. Schmidt had the swim of her life."

  5. 2119: 

    Coutts jumps into the pool with a sizeable lead but Schmidt has the Australian in her sight and gobbles up Australia's advantage to win gold in Olympic record time of 7:42.92. Australia trailed in silver, with France clinching bronze. A fifth-placed finish for Britain.

  6. 2115: 

    Hannah Miley takes over from Rebecca Turner with the Brits in sixth position. Australia leading America and France and it's fingernail-to-fingernail between the Aussies and Americans as we reach the nitty-gritty stage of the race.

  7. 2112: 

    A brave swim from America's teenage sensation Missy Franklin who ensures her team are two hundredth of a second ahead of the rest at the final turn before tying up in the final meters to be overtaken by France and Australia. The trio were on world record pace...

  8. 2110: 

    As you'd expect, the award for the loudest cheers goes to Great Britain's ladies. No contest. They've got a real tussle ahead of them, though, and we're seconds away from the start of the women's 4x200m freestyle relay.

  9. 2107: 

    There's no stopping chatterbox Michael Jamieson and who can blame him for jovially answering the questions that come his way - he's won Olympic silver! The Scot reveals he thought the pre-race message received from Celtic was a joke. "There was quite a few messages and I asked my sister this afternoon if we could try to confirm it so it was pretty great," he says.

    "My family have been designing banners for the last few weeks and I spotted them straight away and it's great for them to be there especially team-mates, family and friends.

    "The team-mates I swim with in Bath, there are a couple of them with more talent that I have who could push for medals but couldn't make it so it was important for me that they were here."

  10. 2101: 

    The end is nearly nigh, for tonight swimming at least, and the final race will be the women's 4x200m freestyle relay. Great Britain, sixth at the world championships, start in lane eight and are unlikely to trouble the big guns who are defending champions Australia, world champions USA and Olympic silver medallists China.

  11. 2059: 

    Britain's Joe Roebuck failed to make the final, completing 200m in 1:59.57 which is nearly three seconds behind 26-year-old Hungarian Laszlo.

  12. 2053: 

    It's the sight of the shaven-headed Laszlo Cseh we see touch home first in the second semi-final in a time of 1:56.74. He is followed by Thiago Pereira (1: 57.45) and Kosuke Hagino (1:57.95) but, importantly, Britain's Goddard has qualified for the final, finishing joint seventh with 200m butterfly gold medallist Chad le Clos.

  13. 2052:  
    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    "Watching Ryan Lochte I am in awe. He is one of the best swimmers we are watching at the moment. Fantastic. The guy is on fire and I can't bet against him winning this one, I really can't."

  14. 2051: 

    Not too long a wait for Goddard to learn whether he's made the 200m individual medley Olympic final as the second semi-final, featuring Britain's Joe Roebuck, is about to get underway...

  15. 2049: 

    James Goddard, speaking to BBC One: "It should get in. It is another fast semi final so we will see but I am satisfied I suppose. I'd take finishing behind those two [Lochte and Phelps] in final yeah, but I need to go a lot quicker than that. I have worked on my freestyle last few months and I am hoping it will pay off. I am not swimming as fast as I'd like but I need to sit down with my coach and see what we need to do to go faster."

  16. 2048: 

    So relaxed is Ryan Lochte, he gives the impression he's swimming in the local leisure centre. The American heartthrob, competing in his second semi of the evening, saunters back in 1:56.13, with Phelps trailing in 1:57.11. James Goddard was third in 1:58.49 and Adrian Moorehouse confidently says he is "pretty sure" the Brit will reach the final.

  17. 2046: 

    Breathless stuff at the Aquatics Centre tonight and as Soni departs the greatest of the great, Michael Phelps, appears for the men's 200m individual medley. A mouth-watering line-up comprising Ryan Lochte and Britain's very own James Goddard.

  18. 2044: 

    Rebecca Soni when asked by BBC One if she can go under 2:20:00 in the 200m breaststroke final: "I can't believe it. I almost got it, so hopefully, but either way I am excited."

  19. 2043: 

    Finishing a stroke behind Soni was Japan's Satomi Suzuki (2:22.40) and Suzaan van Biljon (2:23.21) with Canada's Martha McCabe fourth in 2:24.09.

  20. 2041:  
    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    Speaking about Rebecca Soni: "That was fantastic. I thought she would go for it tonight. She did a very strong last 100m. She will go into the final way ahead of the rest of them. Two seconds ahead, world record holder it is hers to lose now, great swim."

  21. 2038: 

    Rebecca Soni obviously thinks saving your best for last is for wimps as the American thunders through the water to break the women's 200m breaststroke world record in 2:20.00.

  22. 2034: 

    After the fireworks of the men's 100m freestyle final it all seems a tad serene as the women's 200m semi-finals begin. Rikke Pedersen wins the first semi-final (2:22.27) and completing the top three were Luliia Efimova (2:23.02) and Micah Lawrence (2:23.39), which gives the women following in the second semi plenty of opportunity to qualify.

  23. 2030: 

    Gold medallist Nathan Adrian, speaking to BBC One: "This comes every four years so I knew I had to lay it out on the line. I put that effort into my trials and I went 48.1. With a bit of rest I went a bit faster. Now I get ready for the 400m medley, we have a great team together and we see what we can do."

  24. 2030: 

    Adrian shows off those pearly whites and understandably so as he's beaten the 100m freestyle world champion in a time of 47.52, with Australia's Magnussen touching the edge in 47.53. Bronze was won by Canada's Brent Hayden, silver medallist at the 2011 world championships.

  25. 2027:  
    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    "That was fascinating to watch. I was riveted for the last 10m. Nathan Adrian just digs his head down and must have been in so much pain but just shut down the feeling I'd imagine. Magnussen is left thinking about his career. Nathan Adrian was strong today."

  26. 2026: 

    Oof! That was close, a fingernail the difference between gold and silver as America's Nathan Adrian finishes a hundredth of a second ahead of James 'the missile' Magnussen.

  27. 2025: 

    The showmen are on the blocks and it's time to see what the sprinters can do as Yannick Agnel, Cesar Cielo, James Magnussen and co go head-to-head in the men's 100m freestyle.

  28. 2024: 

    Jemma Lowe, who finished sixth, speaking to BBC One: "It was an Olympic final and I was really happy to get into it. I gave it everything I got but it wasn't to be. The crowd were brilliant. I was a bit nervous but I have had a good time in my second Olympics. Definitely [not my last Games]. I feel like I am still young and I am looking forward to having more races."

  29. 2022: 

    Jiao, swimming like a dolphin, goes one better than in Beijing and her time of 2:04.06 is the fastest time in Olympic history. She slaps the water in delight and points to the air. Britain's Jemma Lowe was first into the water and was neatly placed in bronze position at halfway but faded to finish sixth. Silver goes to Spain's Mireia Garcia Belmonte (2:05.25) with a bronze for Japan's Natsumi Hoshi (2:05.40).

  30. 2017: 

    The fastest qualifier for this race was Team USA's Kathleen Hersey in 2:05.90 but the Chinese have the defending champion Zige Liu and Olympic silver medallist, Liuyang Jiao, in the line-up. They're on the blocks, they're taking their marks...

  31. 2015: 

    From one British medallist to... a British finalist at the very least. Jemma Lowe is about to step out onto her stage so ear plugs at the ready and the 22-year-old starts in lane eight for the women's 200m butterfly after qualifying last in 2:07.37.

  32. 2012: 

    Jamieson is, understandably, a man in demand, but the Scot takes time out from chatting to journalists to step onto the podium to receive his hard-earned silver medal. It's what years of training has been all about. A beaming smile from the Brit as the heavy metal is dangled over his neck and an enthusiastic wave to his vociferous supporters.

  33. 2008: 

    Celtic fan Michael Jamieson has been talking about his club's decision to show his race ahead of their Champions League qualifier. "That was pretty special. I got a message to say my race would be shown ahead of the qualifier so I knew I had to deliver," said the Glaswegian.

    "It's been quite spectacular, again I can only thank everyone, it's just been really overwhelming and delighted I could re-pay that tonight.

    "I had goosebumps again behind the block and it's been a pretty special week I've done everything I've wanted to, it's been a good day for GB all-round. My team mate Andrew (Willis) did another fantastic swim tonight and it all bodes well for the future."

  34. 2005:  
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport

    "Look out for Jemma Lowe in the 200m butterfly final. The Welsh 100m butterfly Commonwealth bronze medallist has looked much stronger since returning to her homeland after originally opting to train out in Florida with Britain's Gemma Spofforth. A gutsy swim from Lowe tonight could see her in and around a bronze medal - but she's very much an outside bet."

  35. 2002: 

    World championship bronze medallist Tyler Clary raises a clenched fist before removing his swimming cap. He looks at the scoreboard and there's no emotion from the American when he learns of his 1:54.71 swim in the 200m backstroke to qualify fastest for the final. Following in the American's slipstream was China's Fenglin Zhang (1:55.66) and Kazuki Watanabe of Japan (1:56.81).

  36. 1958: 

    Amy Smith speaking on BBC One after missing out on qualifying for Thursday's 100m freestyle final: "I'm disappointed but I've got to go back, watch it and take the positives. And it'll be great to watch Fran in the final."

  37. 1956: 

    Michael Jamieson speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm absolutely delighted to be on the podium. I had to have something left coming off that last wall. After last night I thought I could win it and I know I could get on the podium. I couldn't have done any more, and I've done another PB. The support brought me home in that last 50."

  38. 1954: 

    The world champion looked comfortable throughout and finished the race looking as fresh as he did at the start, in a time of 1:55.40, ahead of Japan's Ryosuke Irie (1:55.68) and Poland's Radoslaw Kawecki (1:56.74).

  39. 1952: 

    Fran Halsall speaking on BBC One after qualifying for tomorrow's 100m freestyle final: "Tomorrow it will take a 52 to win it. I felt awful this morning but tonight felt really smooth and easy and I cruised the last 10m. Anything can happen in an Olympic final and I'm in it to win it. The crowd were amazing, but it was just as amazing for Missy Franklin. Any Brits that come tomorrow, I want you to shout louder than the Americans did!"

  40. 1951: 

    And there's no respite for the greatest swimmer, and arguably the greatest Olympian, the world has seen as Michael Phelps will attempt to reach the 200m individual medley final. He competes in the first semi-final alongside Ryan Lochte and Britain's James Goddard. And mention of Phelps is a perfect time to link to a clip of Bert Le Clos, a MAD (mum and dad) who captured our hearts last night with his "I've got to heaven!" proclamation after his son, Chad, finished ahead of Phelps to win gold in the 200m butterfly. It was heart warming and that's what the Olympics is all about.

  41. 1950:  
    Ian Thorpe, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    "This was a fantastic swim and I think Jamieson is a little bit shocked at how well he went. I don't think he could have anticipated this in his homecoming in this final. And it's great for British swimming. Look at the ages of Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis - 21 and 23. They are going to continue on developing."

  42. 1949: 

    The Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo was a stroke ahead of the others at the turn and maintains the pace to complete two lengths in 53.05. Fran Halsall was joint fourth, alongside Jeanette Ottesen Gray, at 53.77 and qualifies for the 100m freestyle, while Amy Smith finished eighth in 54.28.

  43. 1946: 

    Thunderous reception for Smith and Halsall who, at 5ft 7in, is diminutive by comparison with her rivals. The 22-year-old Halsall once revealed how she coped with competing against swimming's equivalent to the brobdingnagians. "I've always thought I'm taller than I am," said the Southport lass. "I'll stand next to the six foot girls and think I'm the same height as them. One of the girls in our squad, I said to her: 'I'm definitely taller than you' and she said: Fran, I'm 5ft 9in." There you go.

  44. 1945: 

    Andrew Willis reacts to finishing eighth in the men's 200m breaststroke on BBC One: "That was tough race and I gave it my all. I'm very happy for Michael - he deserves it 100%. It was great for me to experience as well."

  45. 1944: 

    Michael Jamieson reacts to winning the silver in the men's 200m breaststroke on BBC One: "I loved it. I had a little more to give after last night. It's so much easier to swim with a bit of confidence behind you.

    "I was desperate to get on the podium tonight to repay the faith and support we've had. I forgot about the time tonight - it was more tactical. I tried to stay on Gyurta's shoulder for the first hundred. I wanted to have everything on the line.

    "I had planned for this night and that helped with the nerves beforehand. For so many years I have gone over this in my head."

  46. 1944: 

    Phew! How do you follow that? The women's 100m freestylers try to. Australia's Melanie Schlanger finishes first in the opening semi-final in a time of 53.38, with Aliaskandra Herasimenia second (53.78) and Jessica Hardy third (53.86). But it's the second semi where British interest lies with Amy Smith and Fran Halsall competing in a competitive line-up.

  47. 1940:  
    Steve Parry, Olympic swimming bronze medallist and BBC pundit

    "Unbelievable swim. Jamieson did everything he could possibly do. Jamieson almost ran Gyurta down. That's one of the best swimming races we've seen all week, and it involved a Brit. Well done Michael Jamieson. He has not lost the gold there, but earned the silver. He was just outside the world record. He knocked two seconds off the British record to get the silver - a great swim."

  48. 1940: 

    A fantastic swim from Jamieson who was within a fingernail of Gyurta, the Hungarian swimming home in a world record 2:07.28. If you were wondering where Andrew Willis finished then the Englishman was eighth. It's for evenings like these that those boys have been getting up with the milkman.

  49. 1936: 

    Double Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima was on course to break the world record at the halfway mark but by his shoulder was Hungary's Daniel Gyurta who holds off Britain's Michael Jamieson to break the world record. Silver for Britain's Jamieson who breaks the British record in the process with a 2:07.43 swin and it's no exaggeration to say the crowd are cock-a-hoop.

  50. 1933:  
    Mark Foster, Five-time Olympian and BBC analyst

    "The fact that these guys - Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis - train together every day and are best friends means they will be together. They're always together wherever they are. They are two of the greatest in the world, pushing each other every day. I've got a good feeling - one of our two boys is going to do it tonight."

  51. 1933: 

    A few minutes to go until the 200m breaststroke and the crowd go barmy when the British twosome appear form the cool room, as if Jedward [insert famous duo of choice] had appeared poolside. They're gambolling by the blocks...

  52. 1930:  
    Ian Thorpe, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    I am excited about the swimming tonight. There's going to be so much noise and energy from the crowd. Kitajima has a lot to prove tonight. He has been an incredible swimmer over such a long period of time. If he's on his game tonight is it going to be a very tough race.


    Charlotte Miller on Twitter: "Can't wait to watch the action at the pool tonight, it's going to be exciting."

  54. 1925:  
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport

    "Can Bath University based British breastrokers Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis add to Great Britain's solitary bronze medal at this Games tonight?

    Ahead of London 2012 you would have rated Hannah Miley and Ellen Gandy both ahead of the pair in terms of medal prospects, but they have dazzled en-route to qualifying with the quickest (Jamieson) and third fastest (Willis) times from the semi-finals.

    If they can climb onto the podium, they will be the first British male swimmers to do so since David Davies (1500m) and Steve Parry (200m butterfly) claimed bronze medals at Athens in 2004."

  55. 1923: 

    There are six other events this evening, which I will attempt to tell you about in one fell swoop [takes deep breath]: Women's 100m freestyle semi-finals (1940); Men's 200m backstroke semi-finals (1951); Men's 100m freestyle final (2017); Women's 200m breaststroke semi-finals (2029); Men's 200m individual medley semi-finals (2043) and, bringing the evening to a beautiful conclusion, is the Women's 4x200m freestyle relay final (2104).

  56. 1920: 

    Michael Jamieson ahead of his 200m breaststroke final on BBC One: "I certainly hope this is my time. I've got the experience at this level, enough in the bank to rely on that in high-pressure situations. The 200m is my strongest event, my main event. I'm most comfortable in it, with my low stroke. In my event we don't have an event where we have a Michael Phelps, someone who's the massive favourite. It's quite open."

  57. 1918: 

    The partisan crowd will not be reserving all their cheering, whistling and flag waving for Willis and Jamieson, though, or I hope they won't, as Jemma Lowe competes in her first Olympic 200m butterfly final at 20:12 BST. The Swansea-based swimmer sneaked into the medal decider in eighth place and will swim alongside defending champion Liu Zige and world champion Liuyang Jiao so no pressure.

  58. 1915: 

    Stuart Melling on Twitter: "Dear BBC, can we please have Chad's Dad on again tonight? Ta very muchly."

  59. 1913: 

    Jamieson has admitted he will have to race quicker than the two minutes 8.20 seconds he swam in the first semi-final on Wednesday, but the 23-year-old Glaswegian starts from the middle lane and is confident of dangling a metal of some colour around his neck. However, to the British duo's left will be Japan's Kosuke Kitajima and the Tokyo native is bidding to achieve what no other swimmer in history has done before him, not even Michael Phelps. Should the 29-year-old touch home ahead of his rivals he will become the first man to win the same solo event at three Games.

  60. 1910: 

    The host nation's great hope in the water this evening is Michael Jamieson, who broke the British record in qualifying fastest for the 200m breaststroke and the Scot, along with his Bath University training partner and English record holder Andrew Willis, steps onto the blocks in under half an hour knowing, hoping, sensing that a medal could be within his grasp.

  61. 1905: 

    There's been gold on the lake and gold on the road but the question is: will there be British gold in the pool? Rebecca Adlington is the sole British swimmer to have stepped onto the podium at the Aquatics Centre, with a bronze in the 400m freestyle, but we've passed the halfway stage of the swimming programme and I've a feeling in my bones the Mansfield Olympian won't be alone for long.

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