Hannah Miley and Caitlin McClatchey ease into semi-finals


Hannah Miley and Caitlin McClatchey both safely negotiated their way through the heats of their respective events as the third day of action got under way at the Aquatics Centre.

While the pair will race again tonight, there was disappointment for Roberto Pavoni, Sophie Allen, Joe Roebuck and Rebecca Turner, with the latter two both finishing 17th, one spot outside qualification.

Miley was fifth in her favoured 400 metres individual medley on Saturday night and today the 22-year-old returned to post the 10th fastest time of two minutes 12.27 seconds in the 200m.

The 22-year-old Scot said: "I'm really really happy, it's great to make it back into the semi-final

"I always take it one stage at a time and now I'm in the semi-final and the next stage is to make the final. You can't predict how the other girls are going to swim, it's never how everyone predicts but I feel a lot more relaxed after the 400m."

The Garioch swimmer was swimming alongside Ye Shiwen, who swam a faster final length in the 400m medley event than Ryan Lochte, winner of the men's equivalent.

The 16-year-old is the world champion in the shorter event but Miley was unconcerned at being in an adjoining lane.

"Not really because you don't know what to expect from everyone," she said. "Some are going to go out hard at the start, some are going to come back on different legs."

Allen was devastated after finishing 21st in 2:14.72.

"My aim was to make the final so to not even make the semi-final, I'm gutted," she said.

"The time is in line with my fastest heat swims but I need to step up my game in the heats.

"I've always struggled to get my arse in gear in the mornings, but that's no excuse when you come to a Games like this."

McClatchey eased into the 200m freestyle semi-finals in joint seventh but there was disappointment for Turner who missed out by just two hundredths of a second.

McClatchey is competing at her third Games having reached at least one final on each occasion, including a sixth-place finish in this event in Beijing.

The 26-year-old swam the anchor leg for the sprint relay that came fifth earlier this week and today she looked impressive with her customary smooth technique to win her heat in 1:58.03.

McClatchey said: "I had great confidence from the 4x100 because I was on form so I was hoping I could do a good job this morning and to win my heat against some of the best girls in the world was fantastic.

"Obviously they probably were a bit tired from the 400 last night, but who cares?"

The Loughborough swimmer was inspired by Rebecca Adlington's bronze medal in the 400m freestyle last night while tonight her boyfriend Liam Tancock will go in the 100m backstroke final with Gemma Spofforth in the women's equivalent.

She added: "I took massive inspiration from that and used the crowd this morning."

Of Tancock's chances, she said: "I really hope he's going to do well. I don't know if im going to be able to watch the whole race without my hands covering my eyes but I am really looking forward to it and hope he can get a medal."

Turner was in the same heat as defending champion Federica Pellegrini who, as in Beijing, finished fifth in the 400m.

The Italian impressed this morning to lead the way in 1:57.16, 0.17secs ahead of Allison Schmitt, who set a textile world record at the US trials last month and who was second over 400m yesterday.

Turner, though, was always off the pace and her time of 1:58.98 was more than 1.3secs off the personal best she set in this pool earlier this year.

It was only good enough for 17th as she was edged out by two hundredths of a second by Beijing silver medallist Sara Isakovic.

The City of Sheffield swimmer said: "I don't know where it went wrong, we have all been training so hard. It was just not my day."


peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Arts and Entertainment
Highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
New Articles
i100... with this review
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam