Willis’ Scot on their heels
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.