Hannah Miley and Aimee Willmott Share European Podium
Hannah Miley and Aimee Willmott shared the podium at the European Championships (25m) in France when both delivered best times to secure silver and bronze respectively in the Women’s 800m Freestyle.
Miley (Garioch) secured the silver, and her second medal for the British Gas GBR Swimming Team, 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.
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.”
Teenager Willmott secured her first senior international medal of her career with a personal best time.
“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.
The 17-strong British team is a combination of Olympians and talented young athletes identified as having the potential for Rio 2016.
The European Championships are being held at The Odyssey Complex in Chartres from 22nd – 25th November.