Swimming: Miley adds to medley of medal hopes
London Aquatics Centre
Wednesday 07 March 2012
For the second time in four nights Hannah Miley stood on top of a podium in the venue for July's Olympics and, after she produced the fastest swim of the year in the 200 metres individual medley, it only added weight to the burgeoning expectation that the 22-year-old Scot will be back there come Games time.
The 400m IM is Miley's main event but she will now also compete over the shorter distance after winning last night's British trial in compelling style. It was the sixth successive time she had won the British title – the event doubles as the national championships – but it is not perennial domination of her compatriots that has impressed, rather her improvement at each major meet in which she competes.
Miley swam at the Beijing Games four years ago aged 18 and finished sixth in the 400m and 11th in the 200m. By the World Championships in Shanghai last year she had raised that to a 400m silver – beating the Olympic champion Stephanie Rice on the touch – and seventh in the 200m. Her 200m time last night of 2min 10.77sec was quicker than anything she managed last year. Sophie Allen, a 19-year-old from Stockport Metro, followed Miley home, setting a personal best to earn a place in her first Olympics.
Miley still trains in a four-lane 25m pool in her hometown of Inverurie, where she is coached by her father, Patrick, who juggles guiding his daughter's career with his job as a helicopter pilot flying out to North Sea oil rigs. A few miles to the north-west of Aberdeen, Inverurie is proving an improbable hothouse for British swimming.
Rebecca Turner spent some time there over the winter. It was, she said, good to see how a world silver medallist does things. Whatever she learnt she put to good effect last night as she surprised herself to win the 200m freestyle.
Turner turned into the final length in fourth but flew down it more than a second quicker than Caitlin McClatchey, who is seven years her senior, and in the end won with a relative degree of comfort, 0.42sec ahead of McClatchey, who finished sixth at the last Olympics.
It came as a shock to her, but not to Russ Barber, her coach in Sheffield. When she was 14, Barber handed Turner a list of times he expected her to achieve over the next few years. She did not share Barber's confidence she would be at the London Games.
"It was very unexpected," said Turner. "I only came into this trying to get a relay spot, to get an individual one is pretty amazing."
The unfortunate McClatchey came in second but finished 0.24sec outside the qualifying time. She will have a last chance to qualify at the ASA Championships in June. The night's other Olympic qualifiers were Joe Roebuck and Roberto Pavoni in the 200m fly.
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
New essay by JK Rowling went live on pottermore site this morning
Charlie Sheen could be set to revive his role as a hedonistic womaniser
Review: Mike Leigh's biopic is a rambling, rich character study
Want to ward off (or welcome) trick-or-treaters? Here's how
Latest in Sport
Manchester City vs Manchester United combined XI: No place for Yaya Toure... or any United defenders
Sami Khedira transfer news: Arsenal can win the Premier League if they sign Khedira in January, says Perry Groves
Paul Scholes: At last! Some credit for Sam Allardyce
EXCLUSIVE: F1 heading for eastern revolution as new team emerges from Romania
Impressive Kurt Zouma may save Chelsea millions by replacing John Terry
- 1 'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
- 5 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
£20000 - £45000 per annum: Randstad Education Plymouth: Randstad Education Ltd...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Group: Position: Early Years TeacherRequired: J...
£85 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Preston: Randstad Education is urgently...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £35K: SThree: We consistently strive to be the...