INVERURIE’S own Olympian, Hannah Miley, insists she will have to raise her game rather than jump on the sceptics’ bandwagon if she is to emerge stronger from her London 2012 experience.
Hannah arrived in London as one of Team GB’s favourites for one of the team’s target of six medals in the pool as the reigning World Championship 400m individual medley silver medallist.
However the Inverurie ace came up short in the capital, largely due to Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen who took gold in both the 400m and 200m IM.
She was forced to settle for seventh over the shorter distance while ended her favoured event, the 400m, back in fifth.
Her Chinese rival smashed the world record in both events causing a bitter row featuring allegations of doping against the 16-year-old.
However to Hannah, her rival has merely moved the event on leaving her to try to follow suit in the aftermath of London 2012.
“She raced and she gave an outstanding performance and you can only applaud that,” she said.
“Swimming’s always moving on and there are different ways and different strategies of approaching events.
“It’s just a shame that when people start analysing it they come up with these queries.
“We don’t tend to get involved – that’s the political side of things. We just get in the pool and race. That’s our job, and that’s what we’re here to do.
“But that’s not something for us to worry about, it’s for the officials and the governing bodies to deal with.
“At the end of the day it’s a head-to-head race, and she put on a good race for us and made us swim the best we could have done.”
Although she arrived in London as a world silver medallist, and among the names mentioned for a podium place, Miley insists she has no regrets about her week.
“We’ve come away with a lot of positives from this, and I couldn’t have asked for more really,” added Miley, who will celebrate her 23rd birthday next week.
“I’ve come away feeling a hell of a lot better than I did in Beijing, and with a huge smile on my face as well.
“The crowd, the team, it’s just been amazing and I’m so pleased with my performances. I couldn’t have asked for much more really.
“The 200m is not my favourite event, and it’s much more of a higher standard because it’s a sprint event, and I’m not built to be much of a sprinter.
“For me it was case of improving on Beijing, and going from the heats to the semis. In Beijing I never made it to the final, and to do it this time is absolutely amazing.
“Going into the semi I thought ‘This could be my last race, so just enjoy it’.
“I relaxed and enjoyed it, and got a good result. I did the same thing here – it was a little bit slower but I’m really happy with the outcome.”
Despite not being on the podium this time, Hannah’s endeavors in the pool have been applauded by Aberdeenshire Council’s Garioch Area Manager Douglas Milne, who was formerly Rector of Inverurie Academy, which Hannah attended before going on to Robert Gordon Univeristy.
He said, “Hannah has been a great inspiration to everybody. Her work ethic is second to none and she is not only a talented swimmer but a vibrant and pleasant person and a role model.
“One of the best aspects of watching her in the Olympic finals was to hear and see the huge cheer and ovation she got when coming out for both the finals.
“It was obvious that the crowd recognised her talent and character, and wanted to show their appreciation to her. She has already achieved so much and can be proud of her efforts at the Olympics”.
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