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Miley secures second Beijing spot

Hannah Miley
Miley has been one of the success stories of the week

Hannah Miley, the Scottish teenager who has to train in a 25m pool, qualified for her second Olympic event on the final day of the British trials.

Having just missed a world record in her 400m individual medley heat, Miley pulled away to beat Keri-Anne Payne in Sunday's final in Sheffield.

Miley, 18, had set a British record in the 200m medley earlier in the week.

She told BBC Sport: "You don't need a big expensive pool to train in. I'm over the moon and I can improve."

Miley, from Aberdeen, set a new European record of four minutes 33.24 seconds in Saturday night's heats to elevate herself to second in the world in 2008 behind Australia's Stephanie Rice.

Payne had beaten Miley's British record in her heat only to see Miley reclaim it and break the European record in the next race.

In the morning's finals the duo finished clear of the field, with Miley winning in 4:37.41 from Payne's 4:38.40.

Miley admitted it had been tough to return after the previous night's exploits, saying: "Hopefully I will be able to perfect it in Beijing, going from heat to final.

The upside of the short course is I can get to work on my turns

Hannah Miley

"I was hoping to go not far off my 4:33 but that was just such a standard - it blew me away, I still can't believe it. I just wanted to make sure I qualified.

"Whenever I can get down to Stirling [her nearest 50m pool] I do but it's two and a half hours for me.

"The upside of the short course is I can get to work on my turns."

Five women were vying for two places in the 200m freestyle and it ended up being a repeat of Saturday's heats when Rebecca Adlington overhauled Commonwealth champion Caitlin McClatchey to claim victory.

Although she did not beat her British record set in the heats, the 19-year-old again pipped the Scot to win in 1:57.94.

Jo Jackson was third and Mel Marshall fourth to win a relay spot and finally make the team.

Marshall had been excluded from the 100m freestyle final and failed to claim a top-two spot in the backstroke.

Adlington claimed the 200m, 400m and 800m British records this week - the latter in Commonwealth record time - and said: "I am so glad it's over.

"I need a rest. It gets harder and harder."

McClatchey was just glad to have qualified, saying: "I didn't feel great this morning so I just gave it everything I had. I really wanted to do this individual event in Beijing."

Michael Rock was the one man to qualify for the 200m butterfly and Richard Charlesworth made the team in the 1,500m freestyle.

Only one freestyle place was made available after David Davies had earnd pre-selection for the Olympics.

It has been an excellent week for British swimmers with a host of records falling - and that bodes well for Beijing.

National performance director Michael Scott said: "It has been a very high standard and I think the rest of the world will take notice."

Swimmers had to achieve the Olympic qualifying time in the heats and then finish in the top two in the final to gain selection.

The Great Britain Olympic swimming squad:

50m freestyle: Mark Foster (University of Bath)
200m freestyle: Ross Davenport (Loughborough University); Robert Renwick (City of Aberdeen)
400m freestyle: David Carry (City of Aberdeen); Dean Milwain (Loughborough)
1500m freestyle: David Davies (Loughborough); Richard Charlesworth (Hatfield)
100m backstroke: Liam Tancock (Loughborough); Gregor Tait (City of Edinburgh)
200m backstroke: Gregor Tait (City of Edinburgh), James Goddard (Loughborough)
100m breaststroke: Chris Cook (City of Newcastle); Kristopher Gilchrist (City of Edinburgh)
200m breaststroke: Kristopher Gilchrist (City of Edinburgh); James Kirton (City of Sheffield)
100m butterfly: Michael Rock (Stockport Metro); Todd Cooper (Stirling)
200m butterfly: Michael Rock (Stockport Metro)
200m individual medley: James Goddard, Liam Tancock (both Loughborough)
400m individual medley: Thomas Haffield (City of Cardiff); Euan Dale (Loughborough)
4x200m freestyle relay: Ross Davenport (Loughborugh), Robert Renwick (City of Aberdeen), David Carry (City of Aberdeen), Andrew Hunter (Stirling); Ben Hockin (Swansea Performance)

50m freestyle: Fran Halsall (City of Liverpool)
100m freestyle: Caitlin McClatchey (Loughborough); Fran Halsall (City of Liverpool)
200m freestyle: Caitlin McClatchey (Loughborough); Rebecca Adlington (Nova Centurion)
400m freestyle: Rebecca Adlington (Nova Centurion); Jo Jackson (Derwentside)
800m freestyle: Rebecca Adlington (Nova Centurion)
100m backstroke: Gemma Spofforth (Portsmouth Northsea); Elizabeth Simmonds (Lincoln Vulcans)
200m backstroke: Gemma Spofforth (Portsmouth Northsea); Elizabeth Simmonds (Lincoln Vulcans)
100m breaststroke: Kate Haywood (Loughborough); Kirsty Balfour (City of Edinburgh)
200m breaststroke: Kirsty Balfour (City of Edinburgh)
100m butterfly: Fran Halsall (City of Liverpool); Jemma Lowe (Borough of Stockton)
200m butterfly: Jemma Lowe (Borough of Stockton); Ellen Gandy (Beckenham)
200m individual medley: Hannah Miley (Garioch); Keri-Anne Payne (Stockport Metro)
400m individual medley: Hannah Miley (Garioch); Keri-Anne Payne (Stockport Metro)
4x100m freestyle relay: Caitlin McClatchey (Loughborough); Fran Halsall (City of Liverpool); Julia Beckett (Loughborough); Jessica Sylvester (Nova Centurion
4x200m freestyle relay: Caitlin McClatchey (Loughborough), Rebecca Adlington (Nova Centurion); Jo Jackson (Derwentside); Mel Marshall (Loughborough), Fran Halsall (City of Liverpool)

see also
Adlington earns second Games spot
05 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Adlington sets Commonwealth mark
03 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Burnett fails in bid for Olympics
04 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Halsall books third Olympic place
04 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Tait claims record in Sheffield
03 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Tancock races to new world record
02 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Foster through to fifth Olympics
02 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Mix-up hits Marshall Games plans
01 Apr 08 |  Swimming
McClatchey sets new British mark
31 Mar 08 |  Swimming
Team GB for Beijing
04 Apr 08 |  Team GB
Swimming on the BBC
02 Oct 07 |  Swimming

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