INVERURIE’S own swimming star Hannah Miley put any disappointment that she may have had after failing to make the make the podium at this summer’s Olympic Games behind her when she claimed her first ever World Title at the 2012 World Short Course Championships held in Instanbul.
Hannah held off reigning Olympic champion, China’s Ye Shiwen, to take gold in the 400m Individual Medley on Wednesday (December 12) setting a new Championship record time of 4:23.14. Another of Hannah’s rivals, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu took the bronze.
Hannah had qualified fastest for the final, having set a new European recod at the distance on her way to European gold at the European Short Course Championships in France last month, but found herself under pressure intense pressure from the Chinese swimmer on the final leg. But Hannah held on to win Britain’s only gold medal at the competition. After the race she said “I knew Ye Shiwen was going to come back on me in that last 100m so I was just hanging on for dear life.
“It’s a big confidence boost that no matter where we are in the programme, I can step up in the 400m IM and what we’re doing at the moment really seems to be working.”
Hannah was back on the pool on Wednesday when she was part of the 4 x 200m relay team who finished fifth.
On Thursday (December 13), she narrowly missed out on another medal after an impressive swim in the 800m Freestyle finishing fourth in a very strong field.
However she was back amongst the medals on Saturday, when she rounded off a great Championships taking bronze in her less favoured 200m Individual Medley. China’s Ye Shiwen took gold in 2:04.64, followed by Katinka Hosszu, who took silver in 2:04.72, while Hannah powered past the other competitors to grab the bronze in 2:07.12. After the race she was clearly delighted top get what she described as a “sneaky bronze” saying “I’m so chuffed to come away with a medal there. That was probably going to be one of the hardest races here, I thought I’d be fourth at the best, maybe fifth or sixth.”
Hannah’s two medals and also a silver in the 200m Breaststroke for fellow Scot Michael Jamieson, the British team finished with six medals in total.
Head Coach Dave McNulty commented, “I would have been happy with two, three or four medals but to come away with six is fantastic.”