Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Miley Magic Secures Rio Qualifying Time

“It is nice to know that I have the consideration time, that is what the target was." Hannah Miley

Tollcross International Swimming Centre came alive today as the British Swimming Championships got underway with athletes looking to secure the qualification times for the Rio Olympics and the European Junior Championships in Hungary.

Hannah Miley provided plenty to cheer about in the last race of the night, the 400m IM. She had looked comfortable in her heats posting a time of 4:38.48, but knew she had to drop three seconds to achieve the qualifying time (4:35.46).

Miley went out fast and by the half way mark was in the lead; however, Aimee Willmott (London Aquatics) was on her shoulder up until the final 100m. Miley then changed up a gear and was cheered home in a time of 4:33.40, well inside the consideration mark for what will be her 3rd Olympic Games. Willmott was 2nd in 4:35.52 while Abbie Wood (Loughborough) was 3rd in 4:43.07)

Miley commented,

“It is nice to know that I have the consideration time, that is what the target was. I go into these meets trying to stay as relaxed as possible, enjoy them and see what the outcome is.”

Speaking about nearest rival, and friend Aimee Willmott, Miley continued,

“She looked gutted and I do feel for her. The 400IM is such an unforgiving event and I know she works really hard, is a great competitor and has really pushed me on and had she not been there I don’t know if I would have done that time. She has helped me progress and I have helped her as she’s had to hunt me down.

“While you race as yourself you are still part of a team. This event is cut throat, no semi-finals you either do it or you don’t. Anything can happen you can be the best prepared but one little thing goes wrong and it’s those things that can define your career.”

Looking ahead to Rio itself Miley finished by saying,

“I still have a long way to go if I want to keep improving and if I want to be in amongst the medals then there are still improvements to be made and I need to get back to the drawing board.”

Ross Murdoch (University of Stirling) finished 2nd in the 100m breaststroke final in a time of 59.31 and will have to wait for the selectors to confirm his nomination for Rio. Murdoch pushed City of Derby’s Adam Peaty all the way to the wall, but Peaty powered home in 58.41 taking gold and posting the consideration time for Rio. James Wilby of Loughborough was 3rd in 1:00.05, edging out Craig Benson (University of Stirling) who finished 4th in 1:00.25. Edinburgh University’s Michael Jamieson and Calum Tait finished 7th and 8th respectively.

After the race Murdoch said,

“I believe that’s within the 2% time and will hopefully be enough to get me to Rio.

I’ve done that race and now it’s all about focussing on the 200m. The back end of my race is looking strong so I’m looking forward to Friday.”

Earlier in the evening Stephen Milne (Perth City) swam the race of his life in the 400m freestyle final finishing 2nd in 3:46.53 a lifetime best. James Guy (Millfield) took the title in 3:43.84 and in doing so posted a consideration time for Rio. Jay Lelliott (Bath) was 3rd in 3:47.68.

Speaking thoughtfully after the race, Milne said,

“Yes, I’m happy with the result, I couldn’t ask for more. I’ve still got more events this week but happy with what I pulled off tonight.”

Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team) and Keri-anne Payne (Warrender Baths) both contested the 200m freestyle final with Hattersley finishing in 4th in 1:59.44 and Payne 8th in 2:01.17. 

Other Scottish swimmers competing tonight were: 

Angus Barr (East Kilbride) 400m Free (Target Tokyo): 8th 4:00.12

Lucy Hope (Edinburgh University) 200m Free (Target Tokyo): 2nd 2:01.41

Rebecca Murray (FIRST) 200m Free (Target Tokyo): 7th 2:02.92

George Clough (Warrender) 100m Breast (Junior): 8th 1:06.79

Kieren Preston (Edinburgh University) 100m Breast (Target Tokyo): 2nd 1:02.37

Tara Haworth (Lincoln Vulcans) 400m IM (Junior): 6th 4:59.78

Jessica Thomson (COAST) 400m IM (Junior): 7th 5:00.97

Jennifer King (East Kilbride) 400m IM (Target Tokyo): 3rd 4:56.48

Kate MacPhee (Newcastle) 400m IM (Target Tokyo): 6th 4:58.52

Full results from the meet can be found here: https://www.swimmingresults.org.uk/swimming/results/2016/bstrials16/index.php

The event schedule can be found here: https://www.britishswimming.org/documents/195/British_Championships_Schedule_2016.pdf

Both heats and finals are being live streamed. Follow all the action here: https://www.britishswimming.org/browse-sport/swimming/watch-british-swimming-championships-live/

The British Swimming Championships are taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 12 to 17 April 2016.