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Michael Jamieson has won an Olympic silver in the London 2012 200m breaststroke final. The British swimmer had entered the race with the quickest time in qualifying, smashing the British record.

Gold was taken by Hungary's Daniel Gyurta.

“I loved it and I had a bit more to give today,” said a beaming and surprisingly unruffled Jamieson after finishing the race in 2min 7.43secs.

Jamieson thanked his fans who have been tweeting him their support all day, saying: "I’ve had so many messages today. It’s unbelievable.”

“It's so much easier to swim with confidence behind you like I did,” Jamieson told the BBC.

“I was desperate to get on the podium. I know how strong Gyurta is, his last 50m is the strongest in the world no doubt, the idea was to make a move before then, and try to cling on. I'm so delighted.”

Scottish Jamieson set a new British record of two minutes 8.20 seconds when he qualified for the final alongside teammate Andrew Willis on Tuesday, giving him a confident start to the race.

The 23-year-old originally planned a career in football before opting to concentrate on swimming.

"It is a great achievement for Michael to reach tonight’s final," manager Neil Lennon told Celtic’s official website.

Jamieson's team-mate Andrew Willis finished number eight in 2:09.44

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