Two Brits Between Gyurta & Kitajima
Jul 31, 2012
Olympic Games, London, Day 4 semi-finals
Men's 200 breaststroke
Tales Cerdeira of Brazil was out first in 1:01.68, only to be chased by Britain's Michael Jamieson who took over the lead at the 150 mark. The deafening roar of the home crowd fired him on to hold and stretch the lead - he touched first in 2:08.20, only.2 seconds off the fastest time ever done in textile and British record.
The holder of that mark will tackle his last chance at a historic three-peat in tomorrow night's final: defending champion Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) looked relaxed in the lead at the 50, his trademark long, gliding stroke taking him to the 100 in 1:01.82. He didn't waver - but was challenged at the 150 by Britain's Andrew Willis. Hungary's Daniel Gyurta also made a move and both made it 1-2 to the 150 - after which Willis sailed home on the sound of the ever-roaring spectators - only to be pipped at the touch by Gyurta in 2:08.32.
The line-up for the final has Jamieson in first, followed by Gyurta and Willis. Kitajima finished in 5th - putting him in lane 2 for his bid on Wednesday.
Canada's Scott Dickens, who had posted a personal best of 2:10.95 in the morning, was obviously still feeling it. He finished 16th in 2:11.71.