Miley Doubles Up with Bronze in Turkey

16th December 2012

Hannah Miley claimed her second medal of the 2012 World Short Course Championships with 200m Individual Medley bronze in Istanbul.

The 23-year old, who won 400m Individual Medley gold on the opening day in Turkey, clocked 2:07.12 for the British Gas GBR Swimming Team’s fourth medal of the Championships.

Olympic champion Ye Shiwen (2:04.64) and European champion Katinka Hosszu (2:04.72) pulled clear to take gold and silver but Miley steadily battled her way through the rest of the field to claim bronze after turning fifth at the half-way stage.

And while she set a British record 2:06.21 to win silver at last month’s European Short Course Championships, Miley insisted she only held slim hopes of making the podium in the 200m IM.

“I’m so chuffed to come away with a medal there,” said Miley. “That was probably going to be one of the hardest races here – I thought maybe I’d be fourth at the best, maybe fifth or sixth.

“I was hoping to do the same time I did at Euros because that felt absolutely amazing.  But I can’t knock getting a sneaky bronze – it’s better than nothing!

“I’ve been trying to work on my backend speed. Ye Shiwen can do it so it’s something we’ve been trying to strive for to show it’s possible to come back really, really strong. It’s just a matter of how well you pace the front end.

“Those girls go out so hard and it’s a matter of hanging on for dear life and that’s what I did. My little arms and legs were working so hard on that last 50.”

Competing at her first World Championships, Sophie Allen (British Gas ITC Stockport) also made the final in the 200m IM and finished seventh in 2:09.16.

The other British finalists on the penultimate day in Turkey were the women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay team of Francesca Halsall (British Gas ITC Loughborough), Rebecca Turner (City of Sheffield), Lizzie Simmonds (British Gas ITC Bath) and Ellie Faulkner (City of Sheffield) who finished eighth in 3:38.23.

Two of the relay quartet were also in semi-final action on the night with Halsall progressing joint fourth fastest to tomorrow’s 50m Freestyle final in 24.49 and Simmonds finishing 11th in the 50m Backstroke in 27.28.

Georgia Davies secured her spot in tomorrow’s 50m Backstroke final, qualifying fifth fastest in a British record 26.84 while British Gas ITC Swansea teammate Jemma Lowe qualified third fastest for tomorrow’s 100m Butterfly final in 57.16.