Miley captures sixth straight 200m Medley title
6 March 2012
Hannah Miley secured her second gold medal of the British Gas Swimming Championships with an impressive swim in the final of the women’s 200m Individual Medley.
After securing the Olympic qualification time in the 400m Individual Medley on the first day at London Aquatics Centre, Miley got on the blocks hungry for more success.
I'm really pleased and hopefully I'll pick up on a couple of things I can progress before the Games - Hannah Miley
The World silver medallist sat on the heels of the field until the Breaststroke leg and then she showed her skill to move into the lead.
Sophie Allen pushed through the final 50m but couldn’t catch the British record holder and Miley won gold in 2:10.77.
“I’m very, very happy," said Miley. "I'm really pleased with how that went and hopefully when I get to watch the video back I’ll pick up on a couple of things that I can progress on before the Games.
"And I’m really chuffed that Sophie got through too. It’s great to have another IMer on the team. It’s great for her because this will be her first Olympics and I’m just so happy for her.
“The 200m race spurred me on tonight. Seeing that really does lift you and make you think right it is my turn to go and hopefully repeat what they do. There are definitely are lots of things I know I can work on in the medley and I think my coach said that I need to watch the video back and have a look. But it is like that at any competition.”
Allen took the silver in an English record 2:11.71, over a second quicker than the Olympic qualification time. The bronze medal went to Sophie Smith in a personal best time of 2:12.31.
Loughborough University’s Joe Roebuck swam to victory in the men’s 200m Butterfly with a new personal best time and the fastest time posted this year.
I'm on top of the world right now - it doesn't get any better really - Joe Roebuck
Roebuck looked confident after already swimming under the Olympic qualification time in the 400m Individual Medley and let British record holder and defending champion Michael Rock dictate the speed of the race for the first half of the race.
As the swimmers turned for the final 100m Roebuck made his move and he overtook Rock with his turn for the final 50m before eventually touching in a personal best time of 1:55.94.
“I'm on top of the world right now,” Roebuck said. “It doesn't get any better really. Coming second to Pav in the 400m Medley, it didn't hit me at the time what I'd done. I was disappointed at coming second and not winning but then it hit me later on that night that I'd made my first Olympic team.
“I missed out four years ago and obviously I hung around, kept working and improved and now I've got two swims at the meet and won gold tonight.
"I knew it wasn't going to be easy tonight but I knew gold would be possible so I stuck to my game plan and it paid off. I did realise it was close. I could see Rocky in my peripherals the whole way. But I felt strong coming off that turn into the last 50 and I kicked on and kept going. Then the last 20m, all the lactate hit me at once. I was feeling really strong and then I started dying. All I could do was keep clawing forward and hope for the best.
Roberto Pavoni pushed himself into silver medal position after finishing in a personal best 1:56.10. His time means he has swum under the Olympic qualification standard in two events.
The bronze went to Rock in 1:56.48.
City of Sheffield’s Rebecca Turner put her name in contention for Olympic nomination after swimming under the FINA A time in the final of the women’s 200m Freestyle.
I'm pretty speechless at the moment. I only expected a relay spot so it was very unexpected to win - Rebecca Turner
Her strong back end speed brought her up to the victory in the final 50m and she touched in a personal best 1:57.65, becoming only the fifth British woman to swim under 1:58 over 200m.
“Oh my god,” Turner said. “I made it first. I qualified for the individual. I’m pretty speechless at the moment. I only expected a relay spot. It was very unexpected. I only came into this event to get a relay spot. To get an individual and win is pretty amazing. It is my second PB so I’m dead pleased with that. On the last turn I just thought, ‘Go for it, what the heck’and the results came out great.”
McClatchey won the silver with a time of 1:58.07 and bronze went to Eleanor Faulkner in a personal best 1:58.39 while Jackson finished fourth in 1:58.70 to claim the fourth 4x200m Freestyle relay spot for London 2012.
World silver medallist Ellen Gandy dominated her semi final to lead the way in the final of the women’s 200m Butterfly. Gandy got out to an early lead and touched in a time of 2:07.54 to secure herself lane four for tomorrow's final.
Welsh record holder Jemma Lowe will go in lane five after qualifying second fastest with a time of 2:08.53 followed by World University Games champion Jessica Dickons in 2:10.33.
The men’s 200m Breaststroke final will see defending champion Michael Jamieson leading the way in lane four after winning his semi final and setting the fastest time overall. He touched in 2:11.47.
Simon Burnett was the fastest qualifier for the 100m Freestyle final after storming through the last 50m to take the victory in the second semi final. The Windsor swimmer touched in 49.33.