British Champs Ones To Watch: Individual Medley

8th April 2014

There is a mouth-watering head-to-head to look forward to in all four individual medley events taking place at Tollcross next week.

Hannah Miley has long been the queen of the 400m Individual Medley at British level but Aimee Willmott will aim to stop her from claiming a ninth consecutive title in Glasgow.

Bath training partners Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Sophie Allen have both set English records over 200m Individual Medley in recent years and will be aiming to seal qualification times for their first Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, Roberto Pavoni could well face competition from Wales’ Ieuan Lloyd and Scotland’s Lewis Smith in the defence of his 200m and 400m Individual Medley double.

Click the event from the drop down to read more about what to expect in Glasgow.

Men's 200m Individual Medley

Roberto Pavoni swam an English record to claim the 2013 title and the event this year is likely to be as much of a battle as it was in Sheffield.

Ieuan Lloyd set a Welsh record to claim the second spot on the team at the World Championships last year although neither man made the semi-finals.

These two men could be the pacesetters again along with Joe Roebuck.

  • Defending champion: Roberto Pavoni
  • British record holder: James Goddard (1:57.12, World Championships 2009)
  • Most British titles: Robin Francis / James Goddard (four)

Men's 400m Individual Medley

Olympian Roberto Pavoni has won the title for the last four years but this will be an intriguing battle.

Lewis Smith poses a major threat while Matthew Johnson will be hoping to reach his first senior international long-course team and British record holder Thomas Haffield - already selected for the Wales team for Glasgow 2014 - could also challenge.

  • Defending champion: Roberto Pavoni
  • British record holder: Thomas Haffield (4:11.32, World Championships 2009)
  • Most British titles: Roberto Pavoni (four)

Women's 200m Individual Medley

Another fascinating tussle awaits. Hannah Miley won six consecutive titles before Sophie Allen and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor took the top-two places last year.

Both Allen and O’Connor reached the world final last year, finishing seventh and eighth respectively and the latter is blazing a trail in 2014, taking victory in Berlin in a personal best of 2:10.35 that was just 0.12 off Allen’s English record.

Aimee Willmott is the second fastest Briton this season and also on top form.

  • Defending champion: Sophie Allen
  • British record holder: Hannah Miley (2:09.46, World Championships 2009)
  • Most British titles: Hannah Miley (six)

Women's 400m Individual Medley

Once the domain of Hannah Miley, the individual medley races have become ever more competitive in recent years. The longer race is intriguing with Miley’s eight-year reign under threat from Aimee Willmott.

Miley is the Commonwealth champion but Willmott has been in top form this season, lowering her own English record to 4:33.64 at the Flanders Cup in January to fire herself to the top of the early season world rankings.

  • Defending champion: Hannah Miley
  • British record holder: Hannah Miley (4:31.33, British Championships 2009)
  • Most British titles: Hannah Miley (eight)

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