Eighth consecutive British title for golden girl Hannah

PICTURE BY ALEX WHITEHEAD/SWPIX.COM - Swimming - British Gas Swimming Championships 2013 - Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England - 27/06/13 - Hannah Miley following winning gold the Womens Open 400m IM final.
PICTURE BY ALEX WHITEHEAD/SWPIX.COM - Swimming - British Gas Swimming Championships 2013 - Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England - 27/06/13 - Hannah Miley following winning gold the Womens Open 400m IM final.

INVERURIE swimming star Hannah Miley has secured her place at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona after claiming her eighth consecutive 400m Individual Medley gold medal at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Hannah continued her reign as British 400m Individual Medley champion at Sheffield in her favoured event, despite having to swim with a fractured hand.

PICTURE BY ALEX WHITEHEAD/SWPIX.COM - Swimming - British Gas Swimming Championships 2013 - Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England - 27/06/13 - Womens Open 400m IM, Gold - Hannah Miley, Silver - Aimee Willmott, Bronze - Danielle Lowe.

PICTURE BY ALEX WHITEHEAD/SWPIX.COM - Swimming - British Gas Swimming Championships 2013 - Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England - 27/06/13 - Womens Open 400m IM, Gold - Hannah Miley, Silver - Aimee Willmott, Bronze - Danielle Lowe.

Danielle Lowe led for the first 100m with a strong butterfly leg before Aimee Willmott took the lead during the backstroke leg. However, Hannah pulled back through the breaststroke to overtake the field and claim the gold in 4.35.67, which was under the qualifying standard for the World Championships.

Willmott took second, touching in 4.38.95, also under the qualifying standard, and Danielle Lowe took the bronze in 4.42.60.

After the race Hannah said, “I’m really happy with that. I was hoping to go a bit quicker but the time I posted this morning was solid. I went under the qualifying time for the worlds, that was my aim.”

Hannah had to settle for bronze in the 200m IM, behind Sophie Allen in first and Siobhan Marie O’Connor in second. Following the race Hannah said, “I’m really happy to get among the medals. I assumed I was going to come fourth or fifth with the way things have been going but. I’ve fractured my hand on my knuckle, so it’s not been feeling great in the water.

“I’ve just had to plough through it but hopefully once it has recovered and healed, I’ll be able to swim properly with both hands at the World Champs.”

Hannah will be one of seven Scots in Team GB that heads for Barcelona for the World Championships that begin on Friday, July 19, and run until Sunday, August 4.

Performance Director for Scottish Swimming, Ally Whike, commented, “I was impressed by the performances of the Scots at these Championships and credit must go to the athletes and their coaches for some positive results.

“It’s been different with this trials taking place much later than usual - coaches have done a great job in adjusting to this. The challenge now will be improving again in Barcelona.”

Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming, Forbes Dunlop was also impressed by the results, and said:

“It was fantastic to see so many athletes perform well, when it really mattered. Seven Scots on a team of 27 is excellent and on behalf of Scottish Swimming I’d like to congratulate the athletes and their coaches who achieved selection and look forward to following their progress in Barcelona and beyond into 2014.”