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Michael Jamieson

Swimming

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Date of birth

5 August 1988

Sport

Swimming

Club

University of Edinburgh

Discipline

100m and 200m Breaststroke

Biography

Glasgow-born Michael had his first taste of elite swimming success when he won a silver medal in the 200m breaststroke at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Two years later, his breakthrough moment came when he producing a stunning, silver medal swim in the 200m breaststroke at the London 2012 Olympics. He broke the British record three times in the process, twice in the qualifying heats and once again in the final. Only a World record swim by the two-time world champion denied Michael the gold medal.  

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Michael was named as an athlete ambassador, alongside Jessica Ennis-Hill and Nicola Adams. At the games, Michael won a silver medal in the 200m breaststroke behind fellow Scot, Ross Murdoch.  

After a tough few years where he struggled with injury, self-doubt and loss of form, Michael was just outside the fray to qualify for the Rio Olympics 2016, however, he did still travel to Brazil as part of the commentary team for BBC Radio 5Live’s swimming coverage. 

Michael retired from competitive swimming in 2017 and that same year he launched the Michael Jamieson Swim Academy. Initially the London-based Academy comprised a squad of talented swimmers aspiring to reach elite level, however, it has since expanded to launch a ‘Learn2Swim’ programme, based in his home city of Glasgow. Here, the Academy seeks to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn to swim in a safe, fun and innovative way, to help foster a love of swimming and potentially identify future talent. 

Aside from swimming, Michael is an accomplished inspirational speaker, drawing from the highs of Olympic sport to the lows of struggling with injury. His career has provided him with a unique set of experiences that can transcend and inspire across both sport and business.  

Achievements

2016
Celebrity Cup Champions, Team Scotland - Golf
2014
Glasgow Commonwealth Games Silver, 200m Breaststroke
2012
London Olympic Silver, 200m Breaststroke; World SC Championships Silver, 200m Breaststroke
2011
World Championships 5th, 200m Breaststroke; British 100m & 200m Breaststroke Champion
2010
Delhi Commonwealth Games Silver, 200m Breaststroke; British 100m & 200m Breaststroke Champion
Michael has added some wonderful insight and colour into BBC Radio 5Live's swimming coverage over the last year. His knowledge is second to none and he is always extremely well informed when it comes to the latest talking points in sport. He adds energy and fun to any broadcast and is a pleasure to work with.
Jo Currie
Producer, BBC Sport News

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