Hannah Miley strikes gold in Manchester

Inverurie swimming star Hannah Miley claimed gold in the 200m IM at the British Championships earlier this week.
Inverurie swimming star Hannah Miley claimed gold in the 200m IM at the British Championships earlier this week.

INVERURIE swimming star Hannah Miley not only claimed the gold medal but also set the fastest time in the world this year as she won the 200m Individual Medley at the British Gas Swimming Championships being held at the Manchester Aquatics Centre on Sunday (March 6).

Hannah touched home in 2:12.01 to claim gold ahead of Sophie Allen who took silver in 2:14.15 and Sophie Smith who claimed bronze in 2:14.50.

Having set a time of 2:13.83 in the semi-final she wanted to improve on that in the final and in the end swam an excellent race, using her breaststroke leg to pull away from the field and take an unassailable lead.

The result also guarantees her a place at the FINA World Aquatics Championships that will take place in Shanghai, China in July. She adds 200m IM British Champion to the European and Commonwealth titles that she won in the 400m IM last year.

And after the race she said that she was “really looking forward to the 400m IM” that will take place later this week.

Hannah is using 2011 as a training year, but that hasn’t stopped her aiming for a medal at the World Championships, or indeed more at the British Championships, but she has set herself a gruelling schedule over the coming week, which could see her take part in 22 races over the coming days as she takes part in all the 200m events as well as the 200 and 400m Individual Medleys.

Having qualified for the finals of the 200m Freestyle, finishing fifth fastest in the heats, in what is probably one of the toughest women’s events taking place in Manchester.

Hannah lined up on Tuesday (March 8) against fellow Scottish star Caitlin McClatchey and Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington as well as Jo Jackson in the final.

Hannah finished a highly impressive sixth, touching home under two minutes in a time of 1:59.80. Adlington took the gold in 1:58.90.

Although the 200m Freestyle is not a favoured event for Hannah, she has admitted she would love to be part of the British relay team at the distance.

Amazingly Hannah took to the pool again shortly afterwards to qualify for the 200m Butterfly final, qualifying fifth fastest in 2:14.28.

Despite the punishing schedule at the championships it is all added experience as she aims for the 2012 Olympic Games on home soil in London next year.