Welsh Record for Davies and Llyod as Miley Just Pipped

13th December 2012

Hannah Miley narrowly missed out on a second medal 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 in bronze.
 
Miley, who won 800m Freestyle silver at last month’s European Short Course Championships, said: “That was only 0.5 off my personal best I swam at Euros.
 
“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.”
 
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.
 
Davies lowered her national record from the semi-finals, clocking 57.32 to finish just 0.14 shy of the podium places.
 
“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 with Lloyd leading off in a Welsh record 1:45.24.
 
Finally, Sophie Allen (British Gas ITC Stockport) booked a spot in her first individual world final, qualifying sixth fastest from the 100m Individual Medley semis in 59.58 after a PB 59.20 in the morning heats.