Swimming: Miley beats Chinese prodigy to secure world 400m gold
Briton holds off Olympic sensation Ye to revive fortunes after London 2012 reverses
Wednesday 12 December 2012
Hannah Miley held off the challenge of Chinese prodigy Ye Shiwen to win gold at the World Short-Course Championships last night and begin British Swimming's healing process in the wake of a desperately disappointing London Olympics.
Miley was one of those who failed to live up to her promise over the summer – in part due to the controversial Ye's stunning swim in the 400 metres medley – but compiled one of the best performances of her career in the same event in Istanbul to beat Ye, despite the 16-year-old's now trademark flying finish. Miley had eked out enough of a lead with a superb breaststroke leg, which took her from fourth to first, to hang on. The winning margin was 0.19sec.
Miley set a European record to win the continental short-course title last month and lowered that mark again today. She finished fifth in the 400m in London, like the rest of the field blown away by Ye, who completed her final length faster than Ryan Lochte did in the men's event. Afterwards the 23-year-old Scot tearfully apologised for her performance. Last night she was all smiles again.
It was a good start for Britain with a bronze for Jemma Lowe in the 200m fly as well. Lowe led from the start until tiring over the final length – in short course lengths are 25m as opposed to 50m in the Olympics – but it was nevertheless an encouraging swim by the 22-year-old, who set a new British record. The Hungarian short-course specialist Katinka Hosszu and China's Jiao Liuyang, the Olympic champion, passed Lowe in the closing stages.
The other notable British swim came from Georgia Davies, third fastest into tonight's final of the 100m backstroke in a personal best time.
The first gold of the championships went, inevitably, to Lochte. The 28-year-old had a disappointing Olympics, if two golds and five medals in all can be considered a disappointment. His stated ambition had been to outperform Michael Phelps, but his friend and great rival went home with four golds. Phelps is now retired – although Lochte believes he will not be able to resist the lure of the Rio Games – giving Lochte the opportunity to rule the waves. This is a championships in which he has an outstanding record, winning six gold medals in Dubai two years ago. Last night was his 15th victory, winning the 200m freestyle by 0.15sec from the German Paul Biedermann. There will be more to come this week.
Ruta Meilutyte, the 15-year-old Lithuanian from Plymouth College, gave further notice of her outstanding talent by twice breaking the championship record to qualify fastest for tonight's final of the 50m breaststroke. Meilutyte, who is on a scholarship at the same school as the diver Tom Daley, won a shock gold at the London Games.
filmFilm producers sue Warner Bros for $75m over Hobbit films
sportNapoli 2 Arsenal 0: Gunners must now face either Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid or Barcelona in knock-out stages
Swedish stars ask fans for £195 pledges on crowd-funding website
voicesJust when you thought you could find a man, get married, and have a baby by the age of 35... it turns out you’re too late, says Grace Dent
musicAs Mariah Carey and Noddy Holder rake in the royalties from their classics, why there hasn't been a decent festive hit for 20 years?
theatreAuthor Daniel Rosenthal recalls the mishaps that almost brought the curtain down on the likes of John Gielgud and Diana Rigg
lifeAs the Royal Mail plans to phase out deliveries on two wheels, it's no wonder posties are in a spin
musicThe 21-year-old beat Ella Eyre and Chlöe Howl to win the honour
lifeFull of the joys and want to help your fellow man? December isn't the time to do it
techLuke Blackall reports on precision engineered prams and babygros that monitor your child 24-7
Latest in Sport
World Cup 2014: Football Manager developers predict the team of the tournament - but which England player makes it into the XI?
Roy Keane omits Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs from 'greatest' Manchester United team
Man cycles down water slide in incredible stunt video
Napoli 2 Arsenal 0 match report: Nightmare in Naples leaves Arsenal to battle giants
Transfer news: Wayne Rooney sparks Manchester United exit rumours after rejecting new contract talks - reports
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
- 2 John McAfee's $100 'anti-NSA' device: 'this is coming and cannot be stopped'
- 3 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 4 Is Facebook making us forget? Study shows that taking pictures ruin memories
- 5 Australia incest case: Filthy and severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
£77099.84 - £96375.26 per annum + Bonus + Benefits : Harrington Starr: My clie...
£45000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus and Package: Harrington Starr: Trading appli...
£35000 - £38000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Developer (Win...
£60000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: Senior QA Engineer Tes...