Michael’s Olympics: A Great Start

Michael is in great form.

Those of you who watched him over the weekend are probably wondering why I’ve said that because he didn’t make the 100m breaststroke final. He came agonisingly close in 9th spot in a time of 59.89 seconds.

It’s a massive personal best for Michael AND a Scottish record, in a time which he swam twice thus proving it’s not a flash in the pan. Not bad for starters!

Michael has now proved he deserved to race in the 100m by swimming Team GB’s best time at the Games. A time under the magic minute is a fantastic achievement. That medley relay spot beckons 🙂

I’m also impressed with Michael’s demeanor. He’s obviously excited to be there yet relaxed. He really wants to swim AND is loving the home crowd. The 100m has allowed him to settle into the routine of competing ahead of his main event.

In both TV interviews after his swims he thanked everyone for all the messages of support, so they’re making a huge difference to his confidence. Leave yours for Michael’s 200m campaign – which starts tomorrow – in the Comments below.

I’ll leave the last words to Michael who tweeted on Saturday:

Really happy with the times today, big PB’s & a wee Scottish Record…but bit gutted to miss final! Taken big step forward after 15th in 100 at worlds last year! Looking forward to 200m on Tuesday, need to make that final!! Good night for GB all round, amazinggg atmosphere! 🙂

And:

Sorry for filling up the twitter feed with thank you tweets lol but I think I’ve replied to them all! Can’t thank enough, been amazing! 🙂

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3 Responses to Michael’s Olympics: A Great Start

  1. Debbie Nicholas - EA to Mark Cashmore says:

    Michael – you did brilliantly on Saturday – I watched you all the way!!! A great achievement and you should be very proud!! All the very best for the 200m – I’ll be cheering you on!!

  2. smithsnews says:

    Awesome swims Michael – good luck for tomorrow 🙂

  3. Mark Cashmore, Chief Executive says:

    Fantastic swims on Saturday and this morning, Michael. It’s good to see you so obviously enjoying your Olympic experience.

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