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Miley and Willmott share European podium

23rd November 2012

Hannah Miley and Aimee Willmott shared the podium at the European Short Course Championships in Chartres, both setting personal best times to secure silver and bronze respectively in the Women’s 800m Freestyle.

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Miley (Garioch) secured the silver, and her second medal in two days for the British Gas GBR Swimming Team after 200m IM silver on day one, in a new Scottish record 8:15.66 during the fastest heat within the evening finals.

Willmott (Middlesborough) had to earn her medal the hard way in the morning heats when she swam on her own throughout her race to post a new best time of 8:18.90. Lotte Friis of Denmark took the gold in 8:10.24.

I don’t usually take the 800m event that seriously and I didn’t have a particular race plan so I’m delighted with that result.

Both swimmers, known usually for their Individual Medley performances, cited the hard work they’ve put into their Freestyle as putting them on the podium.

“I don’t usually take the 800m event that seriously and I didn’t have a particular race plan so I’m delighted with that result,” said Miley.

“For me it’s just a great experience to swim an 800m event at an international championships. I normally do this event at smaller meets, as part of the preparation for my medley, so I’m really happy to come away with an international medal and a new Scottish Record.

“I still have a lot of events to come this week so I hope and I can continue to deliver strong performances.”

Bronze for 19-year old Willmott was the first senior international medal of her career.

I couldn’t ask for anything more today - a best time and to stand on the podium is an amazing feeling.

“I’m really happy to secure my first international medal on a senior team,” said Willmott. “I couldn’t ask for anything more today - a best time and to stand on the podium is an amazing feeling.

“I’ve been working on my Freestyle so I can come back stronger in my medley event. I wanted to try it out in a tough, competitive situation and I’m pleased with the progress I’m making.”

Lauren Quigley (City of Manchester) finished seventh in the final of the Women’s 100m Backstroke in 58.74 while Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (British Gas ITC, Bath) and Sophie Smith (City of Leicester) qualified for tomorrow’s final of the Women’s 100m Individual Medley in 59.79 and 1:00.47 respectively.

Marco Loughran (Guildford City) was the other Brit in action on the second day in France as he finished 10th in the 50m Backstroke in 24.07.

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