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Miley fourth in 800 Free

13 December 2012

Hannah Miley narrowly missed out on a second medal on day two at the 2012 World Short Course Championships as she finished fourth in the 800m Freestyle in Istanbul.

The Garioch swimmer, who won 400m Individual Medley gold on the opening day in Turkey, clocked 8:16.09 in her ‘fast’ heat, losing out by just 0.56 to USA’s Chloe Sutton (8:15.53) in bronze.

"That was only 0.5 off my personal best I swam at Euros," - Hannah MileyMiley and Sutton were locked in a head-to-head throughout the race with New Zealand's Lauren Boyle (8:08.62) and Denmark's Lotte Friis (8:10.99) storming clear to take gold and silver.

And while the Scot, who won 800m Freestyle silver with a Scottish record 8:15.66 at last month's European Short Course Championships, ultimately faded in the final 100m, she insisted she couldn't be disappointed with her performance, considering her lack of international experience in the event.

“That was only 0.5 off my personal best I swam at Euros," said Miley. “I might have gone out a little bit harder than I expected but that’s just experience of racing 800s.

"It’s such a high standard here and I’m used to doing it at district or national level so it’s a whole different kettle of fish at international level.

“So I’m really happy with that. Someone has to come fourth but it’s fine – it was close to my best.

"You have to swim your own race but for me that opened my experience in the 800 because as I say I’m used to swimming it on my own at the front or far at the back.

"Having someone always there really does push you and maybe pushed me so much that I really struggled to finish. But it was another opportunity for me and there’s still more races to come so I’m not done yet."

Competing at her first senior World Championships, Ellie Faulkner (City of Sheffield) was also in action in the 800m Freestyle, finishing seventh in 8:22.96.

Georgia Davies (British Gas ITC Swansea) set a Welsh record to finish fifth in the first individual World final of her career.

"I progressed through the rounds and set a new Welsh record so I can’t be too disappointed," - Georgia DaviesDavies lowered her national record from the semi-finals, clocking 57.32 to finish just 0.14 shy of the podium places.

USA’s Olivia Smoliga (56.64) ultimately took gold ahead of Denmark’s Mie Nielsen (57.07) and Czech Republic’s Simona Baumrtova (57.18).

Davies still has the 50m Backstroke – an event in which she won European Short Course silver 12 months ago – to come on day four in Turkey.

And she admitted she was pleased to have saved her fastest time for the final in Turkey.

“Going in third gives you the idea that you could possibly sneak a medal but on the other hand it was my first World Short Course,” said Davies.

“I progressed through the rounds, set a new Welsh record and I can’t be too disappointed with that at this early point of the season, especially after quite a long break after the Olympics.

“Coming here I’m trying for best times and to improve as I go through the rounds rather than giving everything at the early stages.”

The men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay quartet of Ieuan Lloyd (City of Cardiff), Chris Walker-Hebborn (British Gas ITC Bath), Roberto Pavoni (British Gas ITC Loughborough) and Robbie Renwick (City of Glasgow) closed the night, improving on their heat time to finish seventh in 7:05.73.

Lloyd led the quartet off, setting his third Welsh 200m Freestyle record in two days in the process as he clocked 1:45.24.

And the 19-year old admits making his senior debut at this summer's Olympic Games was a steep learning curve for him.

"It’s been a great meet for me so far," said Lloyd. "Coming in early season and pulling out some best times is great.

"I wasn’t very fit going into last month's World Cup legs so I wanted to get some racing in and it’s helped me a lot over here.

"It opened my eyes for some of the big guys in the world and what they’re doing underwater off the walls. It’s really important in short course so it was great for me to witness that and then do something about it before this event.

"The Olympics taught me a lot. From my first senior event being an Olympics, I was used to being the top dog at junior level so to step up and then not make a semi there was disappointing."

Finally, Sophie Allen (British Gas ITC Stockport) booked a spot in her first individual world final as she progessed sixth fastest from the 100m Individual Medley semi-finals.

The British Gas ITC Stockport swimmer won 100m IM gold in the Tokyo leg of the 2012 World Cup series and, having set a PB 59.20 in the heats, cruised through to the final in 59.58.

And with all eight qualifiers for tomorrow night’s final progressing within a second of each other, the 20-year old insists the race for the podium places is wide open.

“I just wanted to be in the final tomorrow night,” said Allen.  “It’s a bit more outside than I’d like to have been but it’s a lane. That’s all I need!

“I’m really excited for tomorrow. It’s such a tight field that the medals could go anywhere so I’ve got to make sure I can do all I can do and come out with no regrets.”

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