Wil­lis’ Scot on their heels

Aldershot News & Mail - - SPORT -

YATE­LEY swim­mer An­drew Wil­lis reck­ons he has the plat­form for suc­cess af­ter he claimed the re­gion’s first medal of the Com­mon­wealth Games in the mens’ 200m breast­stroke last Thurs­day.

The 23-year-old played his part in a thrilling race against two home favourites but in the end had to set­tle for the bronze medal af­ter be­ing pipped by Scots pair Ross Mur­doch and Michael Jamieson in a grip­ping fi­nal.

“It was re­ally tough, I gave it ev­ery­thing on the last leg,” said the for­mer Yate­ley Manor pupil, whose time of 2min 09.87 was just out­side his life­time best. “I saw the steam jets when I touched and saw Michael and thought ‘Some­one’s gone quick here’.

“It was a great race, the crowd were fan­tas­tic, ob­vi­ously cheer­ing for these two, but although it wasn’t the time I wanted, I’m on the podium and it’s a step in the right di­rec­tion.

Wil­lis, who fin­ished fourth in the World Cham­pi­onship, got off to a roar­ing start but got reeled in by train­ing part­ner Jamieson – the face of the Games – and Mur­doch on the third leg.

But the Bath Univer­sity stu­dent hung on to take his place on the podium while Jamieson was stunned by Mur­doch, who broke a Com­mon­wealth record to win in a time of 2:07.30.

Wa­ter per­for­mance: An­drew Wil­lis, left, with his bronze medal along­side win­ner Ross Mur­doch, cen­tre, and Michael Jamieson.

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