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Rampant Miley adds to record haul

Hannah Miley
Miley set her second record of the week in Sheffield

Hannah Miley set her second European record at the British Swimming Championships as she won the 400m medley in the fourth fastest time ever.

The 19-year-old's winning time of four minutes 31.11 seconds means she is now less than two seconds off Stephanie Rice's world record.

"I thought if I got a personal best it'd be maybe a couple of hundredths or close to a second," she said.

"To drop that much and go so close to the world record again is amazing."

It's been a very positive step forward for British swimming

National performance director Michael Scott

She then returned to the pool to take more than three seconds off her best in the 200m breaststroke, something she had previously regarded as one of her weakest events.

"Of all the events! I used to be pants at breaststroke," she said afterwards.

Earlier this week Miley broke Yana Klochkova's nine-year-old European record in the 200m individual medley and she romped home in the 400m more than eight seconds quicker than second-placed Keri-Anne Payne.

"It's maybe good practice going against swimmers that are faster," she said.

"I was thinking someone was ahead of me so I suppose in my mind's eye I imagined someone was there."

The British record also went in the equivalent men's race, with Thomas Haffield bettering his own previous best.


Michael Rock

lowered his own British record in the 100m butterfly to 52.03, and although David Davies missed out on breaking his own record in the 1,500m freestyle, he secured a comfortable win over Richard Charlesworth.

The double Olympic medallist has had a good week, also setting a new British 400m freestyle record and taking third in the 200m, and said he was happy to have silenced people who had doubted him after the Olympics.

"People said I was only suited to the open water and I didn't have a future in pool swimming," he said.

"But a 1:47 (200m) and a 3:45 for the 400 shows I'm not bad. A 14:52 at this stage of the year, having not done all the training, is not half bad. I'll take it for now."

National performance director Michael Scott was full of praise for the week's performances which produced one world, four European, three Commonwealth and 11 British records, but warned against complacency.

"It's been a very positive step forward for British swimming," he said.

"The momentum from Beijing has carried forward. Performances have moved a bit.

"Obviously we have got a higher base to start from. The thing we need to stress is it's a long four-year journey, anything can happen. And we need to be diligent, we need to work hard."

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