Kazan calling for swimming star Hannah

Hannah celebrates at the British Swimming Championships at the London Aquatics Centre
Hannah celebrates at the British Swimming Championships at the London Aquatics Centre

Swimming star Hannah Miley was on great form at the British Swimming Championships held at the London Aquatics Centre last week.

Held over four days from April 14 to 18, Hannah undertook a typically hectic meet competing in five finals during the meet and winning two golds, a silver and a bronze.

On Tuesday (April 14) Hannah surprised herself by claiming gold in the Women’s 200m Butterfly, winning in 2:08.63 ahead of Jemma Lowe and Aimee Wilmmott. Speaking after her win, Hannah said, “I haven’t been on the podium for the 200m Fly since 2009, so that was a real shock for me today. It’s really nice to see that I’ve been able to progress in this event; I was a lot quicker than I swam at Commonwealths.

“Over the years I’ve always been told that Butterfly is the weakest stroke of my individual medley so it’s great to up there with such a strong field of girls today and coming away with the win.”

She was back in action on Wednesday, (April 15) coming third in the Women’s 400m Freestyle in a time of 4:10.89, behind winners Jessica Carlin and second placed Jessica Thielmann. She also came fifth in the 200m Breaststroke in 2:28.24, won by Molly Renshaw.

On Thursday, (April 16) Hannah was in medley action, taking silver in 200m IM in 2:11.65, behind winner Siobhan-Marie O’Connor.

Hannah then finished the meet on high, taking to the pool in her favourite 400m IM, she powered to gold in 4:32.16, ahead of Aimee Willmott and Rosie Rudin in third. Fellow Garioch swimmer Orla Adams also made the final finishing an excellent seventh in 4:51.96.

Commenting on her victory, that means she will automatically qualify to represent Great Britain at the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Kaza, Russia later this summer, Hannah said, “I’m really happy to come away with that time tonight, that was my main target coming into this meet and I was successful in that so it’s really good.

“I don’t really like to pressure on myself going into races by focussing on times but I knew that I had to go pretty fast for that. I swam my own race and just went for it and came away with the time that I needed.”