Friday, August 3, 2018

Magic Miley Wins Medley Bronze

Hannah Miley secured GBR’s first swimming medal of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships with a hard fought bronze in the 400m Individual Medley.

Fifth fastest going into the final, Miley made a steady start but turned in 8th after the butterfly and backstroke legs. Using her strong breaststroke to make up ground, she turned into the freestyle in 4th and kicked hard to overtake teammate Aimee Wilmott. With around 30m to go, Wilmott looked to be coming back at Hannah’s bronze medal position, but Miley held on to take the medal in 4:35.34.

Gold went to Fantine Lesaffre (FRA) in 4:34.17 while silver was won by Ilaria Cusinato (ITA) in 4:35.05 while Aimee Wilmott finished 4th in 4:35.77.

After the race a beaming Miley said,

“I’m very happy. Obviously I would have loved a different colour medal but it just comes down to the race and it’s so nice to be able to come away with a medal, especially when on the last couple of metres I’ve been touched out so many times.

“In sport you don’t always get it your own way and being touched out is just part of that. You just have to deal with it. You can’t hide from it or shy away from it and feel sorry for yourself. I just have to accept that is what happens and use that to my advantage to learn from it. Coming into these Games  I would have loved to have gone a bit quicker than what I’d done at Commonwealths but tonight was just all about that race and getting stuck in.”

Talking about the competition and her continued medal success Miley finished by saying,

“It’s great we’ve got a fresh wave of faces coming through on the 400m medley and Fantine (Lesaffre) and Ilaria (Cusinato) are definitely ones to watch for Tokyo.

“I raced at my first European Championships back in 2006 and here I am medalling in 2018 at the age of almost 29 and it feels pretty good.”

Earlier in the day Ross Murdoch swam the second fastest 100m breaststroke of his life with a time of 59.14, but missed out on a semi-final place due to the top two per nation rule.

He said of his race,

“I am disappointed, it was bitterly bitterly close. But that’s me; I’ve missed out on the semi-finals of that event. That’s the fastest heat swim I’ve ever done by a country mile. It’s been 3 years since I’ve been down near a time like that. I would love to see what I could do in an evening swim but hey ho, I’ve got a couple of days to rest before the 200 and I’ll focus on that.”

Speaking about the level of competition, especially between the British athletes, Murdoch continued,

“Who would have thought a Brit going 59.1 wouldn’t make the semi-finals? The sport has come on a long long way, both for the whole of British Swimming and for Scottish Swimming. And if you look at breaststroke in particular in the last year it has moved on leaps and bounds again.

“You’ve got Adam (Peaty) powering his way through the races but the depth behind that has really increased. I’ve always said if you have a bad day there’s someone to fill the gap. That’s not the case anymore. Now even if you have a good day, there’s still someone to take your place.”

In other events Lucy Hope posted 26.22 for her 50m freestyle. She was also involved in the heats of the 4x100m freestyle (along with Anna Hopkin, Ellie Faulkner and Freya Anderson) who finished 7thafter the heats. The team then went onto finish 4th in the final (Anna Hopkin, Siobhan-Marie O’Conner, Ellie Faulkner, Freya Anderson).

Craig McLean was part of the 4x100m freestyle who finished 10th after the heats. He swam alongside Calum Jarvis, David Cumberlidge and James Guy.

Stephen Milne swam a season’s best in the 400m freestyle finishing in 3:50.05 for 12th overall.

Scots in action on Day 2 of the swimming competition will be Duncan Scott and Craig McLean in the heats of the 100m freestyle and Cassie Wild, Kathleen Dawson and Lucy Hope in the 50m backstroke heats.

Start sheets and full results can be found HERE.