Swimming - Jamieson to lead British team at World Short Course Championships

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson heads up a 19-strong British swimming team desperate to prove their worth after a poor London 2012 at the World Short Course Championships in December.

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JAMIESON Michael

The 24-year-old, who trains in Bath, was one of just two British swimmers to medal at London 2012, winning silver in the 200m breaststroke while Rebecca Adlington won bronze in both the 400m and 800m freestyle. The return of just three medals meant British Swimming failed to hit their medal target of five to seven for the Games and left many to expect that the sports funding will be significantly cut. However the World Short Course Championships in December offer Britain's swimmers a chance to change the public's opinion with Jamieson set to make his debut at the event in Istanbul. He will be joined in Turkey by world silver medallist from 2011 Hannah Miley and five-time European and Commonwealth medallist from 2010 Fran Halsall, both who failed to deliver on their potential at London 2012. Just three of the 19-strong team did not attend London 2012 with Miley along with fellow Scots Craig Benson and Robbie Renwick set to also compete at the European Short Course Championships in France in November. Britain will send 18 swimmers to Chartres with fellow London 2012 Olympians Antony James, Michael Rock, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and Aimee Willmott joining Miley, Benson and Renwick. And Bath ITC head coach David McNulty, who will take on the same role at the World Short Course Championships as British Swimming continue to look for Dennis Pursley's replacement, is playing up the significance of the event. "Anytime our swimmers are up against the best in the world it's an important event," said McNulty. "Not everyone will be tapered and some swimmers will be in the hard stage of their training cycle so they will have to swim tough but I know our swimmers will give their best on the day. "We will go there as a strong team and give everything we can to the meet. It will be an exciting start to the new quadrennial cycle for the team." The British Gas GBR Swimming team selected to compete at the World Championships are:

TEAM:

Craig Benson – Warrender Baths

Daniel Fogg – British Gas ITC Loughborough

Michael Jamieson – British Gas ITC Bath

Matthew Johnson – City of Sheffield

Ieuan Lloyd – City of Cardiff

Roberto Pavoni – British Gas ITC Loughborough

Robbie Renwick – City of Glasgow

Chris Walker-Hebborn – British Gas ITC Bath

Andrew Willis – British Gas ITC Bath

Sophie Allen – British Gas ITC Stockport

Jazmin Carlin – British Gas ITC Swansea

Georgia Davies – British Gas ITC Swansea

Eleanor Faulkner – City of Sheffield

Francesca Halsall – British Gas ITC Loughborough

Georgia Hohmann – Loughborough University

Jemma Lowe – British Gas ITC Swansea

Hannah Miley – Garioch

Elizabeth Simmonds – British Gas ITC Bath

Rebecca Turner – City of Sheffield.

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