Miley doubles up with bronze in Istanbul
15 December 2012
Hannah Miley claimed her second medal of the 2012 World Short Course Championships with 200m Individual Medley bronze in Istanbul.
The 23-year old, who won 400m Individual Medley gold on the opening day in Turkey, clocked 2:07.12 for the British Gas GBR Swimming Team’s fourth medal of the Championships.
"That was probably going to be one of the hardest races here – I thought maybe I’d be fourth at the best, maybe fifth or sixth," - Hannah MileyOlympic champion Ye Shiwen (2:04.64) and European champion Katinka Hosszu (2:04.72) pulled clear to take gold and silver but Miley steadily battled her way through the rest of the field to claim bronze after turning fifth at the half-way stage.
And while she set a British record 2:06.21 to win silver at last month’s European Short Course Championships, Miley insisted she only held slim hopes of making the podium in the 200m IM.
“I’m so chuffed to come away with a medal there,” said Miley. “That was probably going to be one of the hardest races here – I thought maybe I’d be fourth at the best, maybe fifth or sixth.
“I was hoping to do the same time I did at Euros because that felt absolutely amazing. But I can’t knock getting a sneaky bronze – it’s better than nothing!
“I’ve been trying to work on my backend speed. Ye Shiwen can do it so it’s something we’ve been trying to strive for to show it’s possible to come back really, really strong. It’s just a matter of how well you pace the front end.
“Those girls go out so hard and it’s a matter of hanging on for dear life and that’s what I did. My little arms and legs were working so hard on that last 50.”
Competing at her first World Championships, Sophie Allen (British Gas ITC Stockport) also made the final in the 200m IM and finished seventh in 2:09.16.
The other British finalists on the penultimate day in Turkey were the women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay team of Francesca Halsall (British Gas ITC Loughborough), Rebecca Turner (City of Sheffield), Lizzie Simmonds (British Gas ITC Bath) and Ellie Faulkner (City of Sheffield) who finished eighth in 3:38.23.
Two of the relay quartet were also in semi-final action on the night with Halsall progressing joint fourth fastest to tomorrow’s 50m Freestyle final in 24.49 and Simmonds finishing 11th in the 50m Backstroke in 27.28.
Georgia Davies secured her spot in tomorrow’s 50m Backstroke final, qualifying fifth fastest in a British record 26.84.
"It's the last day of the meet and my last race so I'll give everything I have," - Georgia DaviesThe British Gas ITC Swansea swimmer, who finished fifth in the 100m Backstroke earlier in the meet, was also part of the British record-breaking 4x100m Medley Relay quartet on day three in Turkey.
"I’m really happy with a PB in tonight’s semi," said Davies, who won European Short Course silver over 50m Backstroke in 2011.
"I know I have a little more for the final too and as it’s the last day of the meet and my last race, I’ll give everything I have.
"I’m over the moon with a British record. I didn’t actually know until after the race but we got one in the 4x100m Medley relay as well so I’ve gone from none to two in two days!"
Davies' teammate and training partner Jemma Lowe also booked a final spot for the last day after qualifying third fatest from the 100m Butterfly heats in 57.16.
And while Lowe is in confident mood following her 200m Butterfly bronze on the opening day of the Championships, she insisted she would have to come close to her Welsh record 56.67 to claim a second medal in Turkey.
"I’m pleased with that.," said Lowe, who has made the podium at the past three World Short Course Championships.
"I didn’t know what it was going to take to make tomorrow’s final so I went for it tonight and I’m so it was a good job.
I think it will take 56 to get in the medals tomorrow. I know I’m capable of doing that so I’ll give it my best shot tomorrow night. It will be my last swim of the meet and hopefully it’ll be a good one."