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Miley goes close in world record IM

27th Jul 2009

British record holder Hannah Miley fought all the way in a world record final of the 200m Individual Medley at the World Championships in Rome and looks strong ahead of her main 400m IM event.

The British Gas swimmer went into the final ranked as the third fastest athlete after breaking the British record in the semi-final.

Miley had a good start but turned in eighth place at the 50m mark and had to fight back on the Backstroke leg to move to sixth.

The Olympic 400m IM finalist’s strongest 50m was through the Breaststroke leg and she moved to fifth place. The leader of the race Ariana Kukors (America) was turning well under the world record as the race entered the final 50m.

Miley touched home in a time of 2:09.91 in sixth place overall to better her Olympic 200m IM result by five places.

“I can't complain with that performance,” Miley said. “To get through to the final was the plan and to swim three competitive 200m IMs at a World Championships gives me a lot of confidence.

“I'm disappointed that I went slower than the semis but I learnt a lot about this event and to be a part of that final was a great experience. I hope to use that to good effect for my 400m IM.”

The gold medal went to Arian Kukors in a new world record time of 2:06.15, silver was won by Australia’s Stephanie Rice in 2:07.03 and bronze was taken by Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) in 2:07.46.

The women’s 100m Backstroke saw both Gemma Spofforth and Elizabeth Simmonds reach the final after lowering their personal bests for a second time.

Spofforth, who just missed the world record in the heats, had to sit and watch the world record go in heat number one as Anastasia Zueva (Russia) took 0.30 seconds off the previous mark. The British Gas swimmer came out for her heat and looked confident as she stood on the blocks.

The European record holder turned in third place at the 50m mark but showed her power through the final length of the pool and won her heat in a new Commonwealth and British record time of 58.74. She qualified as the second fastest athlete for the final as she swam quicker than the previous world record time.

“I'm delighted to make the final,” Spofforth said. “The time is obviously great and would have given me the world record earlier but this event is moving on and we saw that tonight.

“There's a great team behind me, and we're all working hard to get some great results. Hopefully I can add to that with Lizzie as we will have two Brits in the final.”

Simmonds, who took part in the semi-final that saw the world record broken, swam to a new personal best time as she under a minute for the first time. She touched in third place in her race with a time of 59.55 and qualified as the seventh fastest for the final.

“I'm very pleased with that best time,” Simmonds said. “It felt a lot more controlled than this morning. I concentrated hard on swimming in the middle of the lane as I kept hitting the lane rope and it worked well for me to get me into the final.

“I'm so enjoying this meet, the crowd shouting, the arena and being part of a really strong team.”

Olympic finalist Liam Tancock succeeded in sealing his place in the final of the men’s 100m Backstroke after a swim that saw him just miss his own British record time.

Tancock had a fast first 25m but turned in third place just half a second off the world record split. The World bronze medallist touched in a time of 53.12 just 0.04 off the British record he set in the heats. He qualified as the eighth fastest athlete for tomorrow’s final.

He goes into the final alongside Championship record holder Junga Koga (Japan), Germany’s Helge Meeuw and Aschwin Wildeboer (Spain).

“I am pretty ecstatic to have made the final as there will be some big names missing tomorrow night,” Tancock said. “I swam a best time this morning and was on it again in the semi-final.

“It is such a hard event with so much depth. We saw what it took to make the final and to be part of that is very special.

“I have been working on a different race plan and I’m able to come back stronger, I think there is more to come for the final.”

Ross Davenport and Andrew Hunter missed their places in the final of the men’s 200m Freestyle after the Championship record was taken by Germany’s Paul Biedermann through the semi-finals.

Davenport lowered the British record to 1:46.46 in the second semi-final of the day as he finished in eleventh place overall.

“I really felt I could make it through to the final but it was just beyond me,” Davenport said. “I moved on from this morning and it may be a new British Record but I wanted a spot in the final.

“What I need to do now is to get up for the 4x200m Freestyle relay. We've got a great team and we are aiming for a good result.”

Hunter was drawn in the same semi-final as Michael Phelps and they took to the water first. Hunter swam a good race as he lowered his personal best to 1:46.90 but finished in 15th place to miss his final spot.

The British Gas Swimming Team set to compete in Rome comprises:

Rebecca Adlington – Nova Centurion
Jazmin Carlin – Swansea ITC
Jess Dickons – Stockton/Bath ITC
Ellen Gandy – Tritans, Melbourne
Fran Halsall – City of Liverpool/Loughborough ITC
Louise Henley - University of Edinburgh
Georgia Holderness – Millfield School
Jo Jackson – Derwentside/Loughborough ITC
Jemma Lowe – Stockton
Caitlin McClatchey - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Hannah Miley – Garioch
Keri-Anne Payne – Stockport Metro/Stockport ITC
Lizzie Simmonds - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Amy Smith - Loughborough University
Gemma Spofforth – Portsmouth Northsea/Florida
Stacey Tadd - University of Bath
Lowri Tynan - Wrexham
Katherine Wyld – Nova Centurion
Emma Wilkins – Plymouth Leander

Robert Bale - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Adam Brown – Hatfield
Simon Burnett – Windsor
David Carry – Aberdeen Dolphins/Stockport ITC
Richard Charlesworth - Hatfield
Ross Davenport - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
David Davies – City of Cardiff /Loughborough ITC
James Gibson – Marseille
Kris Gilchrist – University of Edinburgh
James Goddard - Stockport Metro/Stockport ITC
Tom Haffield – City of Cardiff
Ian Hulme – City of Sunderland
Andy Hunter – Stirling Swimming/Stirling ITC
Marco Loughran – Guildford City
Michael Rock - Stockport Metro/Stockport ITC
Robbie Renwick – City of Glasgow
Joe Roebuck - Loughborough University
Lewis Smith – Warrender/Stirling ITC
Liam Tancock - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Grant Turner - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Chris Walker-Hebborn – Team Ipswich/Bath ITC
Richard Webb – University of Bath

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