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Miley sets record on way to European silver

22 November 2012

Hannah Miley smashed her own three-year old British record to win 200m Individual Medley silver for the British Gas GBR Swimming Team at the European Short Course Championships in Chartres, France.

Click here to watch more interviews from the 2012 European Short Course Championships in Chartres.Miley (Garioch) knocked 0.49 seconds off her best as she touched in 2:06.21 to separate the Hungarian pair of Katinka Hosszu in 2:05.78 and Zsuzsanna Jakabos in 2:06.66 at the L’Odysse Pool in Chartres.

Teenage British teammate Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (British Gas ITC Bath) finished her first senior short course final in fourth in a new best time of 2:08.85.

“I’m satisfied with that performance,” said Miley, who won 200m IM bronze and 400m IM silver at the same event 12 months ago.

“I’ve got a busy week ahead and am training through it so to swim so quickly is good.

“I’ve changed my training programme and it’s showing it works. Every season we change things slightly and I’m pleased with the effect it’s had.”

Having sliced 2.5 seconds from her personal best to qualify fourth fastest for the final, O'Connor showed no signs of nerves as she improved again in the final.

"I was really happy with that," said O'Connor, who finished 13th in the same event 12 months ago.

"Obviously it's a tough time of the season for everybody so I wanted to come here and race hard and to get a PB and to get that time, I'm really chuffed with that.

"I'd had a good six weeks of training behind me after a nice long break after last season. It's a big improvement on last year as well so I've got to be happy with it."

Lauren Quigley enjoyed an opening day to remember as she qualified for the 100m Backstroke final at her debut international championships.

After a personal best in the heats, the City of Manchester swimmer beat her PB again to clock 58.44 and progress eighth fastest for tomorrow night's final.

"It's my first proper senior international meet so I wanted to come and have fun and make the most of the experience," - Lauren QuigleyDespite favouring double the distance, British teammate Karley Mann also clocked two personal bests in the 100m Back and finished 14th overall after touching in 59.70 in her semi final.

"My main event is the 200 but I wanted to see whether I could get out there in the 100 and I wanted to get some races in before the 200 on Sunday," said Mann.

"I'd never broken the minute before so I'm happy. It's my first proper senior international meet so I wanted to come and have fun and make the most of the experience."

City of Sheffield's Lucy Spencer also finished 14th in the 100m Freestyle, improving her personal best by more than two seconds to set 55.22 in her first senior championship semi final.

Meanwhile, Plymouth Leander swimmer Antony James set his fastest time since 2009 as he finished 13th in the 100m Butterfly.

Competing at his third European Short Course Championships, the Olympian improved on his heat time to touch sixth in his heat in 52.23.

Fellow London 2012 swimmer Craig Benson enjoyed an encouraging opening day as he lowered his 100m Breaststroke PB twice in two races.

The Warrender swimmer progressed from the heats in 59.40 before improving again to clock 59.08 in his semi-final, ultimately finishing 12th.

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