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Miley pipped in medley thriller

WORLD SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Venue: Manchester Dates: Wednesday, 9 April - Sunday, 13 April
Start times: Heats from 1000-1300, finals from 1900-2130
Coverage: BBC Two, BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 Live & BBCi


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"I can't wipe the smile off my face" - Miley

Scottish 18-year-old Hannah Miley lost out to Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry in a thrilling 400m individual medley final at the World Short Course swimming.

Miley broke the old world record with a time of four minutes 27.27 seconds but finished second behind Coventry, who smashed the record in 4:26.52.

"I had somebody there to race and it was fantastic," Miley told BBC Sport.

The British women pushed the Dutch all the way in an absorbing 4x200m freestyle relay final to finish second.

Earlier, Jessica Dickons set a British record of 2:05.09 to take bronze in the 100m fly final ahead of team-mate Jemma Lowe.

I could hear the crowd on the breaststroke, it was that loud, and that's the motivation you need

Hannah Miley

Manchester's MEN Arena played host to a breathtaking opening night, capped by Miley's stunning individual medley performance.

New world champion and record-holder Coventry paid tribute to 18-year-old Miley, who trains in a 25m pool as the nearest Olympic-sized facilities are two hours away.

"I could see her coming and I was trying to hold on, that was very special," Coventry told BBC Sport.

Miley, who now holds the European record, could not hide her delight at a magnificent performance.

"I could hear the crowd on the breaststroke, it was that loud, and that's the motivation you need," she said.

Jemma Lowe
Jemma Lowe could only finish fourth in the women's 100m fly final

"I wonder how fast I could have gone without the home crowd. It's scary to think that I have a chance of getting a medal (in Beijing). This is my first senior international medal."

Dickons stormed back in the women's 100m fly final to outstrip fellow Briton Jemma Lowe, who finished a disappointing fourth, with American Mary Descenza becoming world champion in a time of 2:04.27.

But Aberdeen's David Carry finished a disappointing seventh in the men's 200m freestyle final behind Australian duo Kenrick Monk and Kirk Palmer.

In the relay finals the British men finished sixth in the 4x100m freestyle as the US team set a new world record of 3:08.44.

The British women missed gold in the 4x200m freestyle by an incredible six hundredths of a second, 19-year-old Rebecca Adlington delivering the swim of a lifetime but just failing to touch ahead of the victorious Dutch.

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BBC Sport's Bob Ballard

"I'm really disappointed that I didn't get that girl, I thought I had her, but I had nothing left," said an exhausted Adlington following the night's finale.

The Dutch time of 7:38.90 is a new world record, knocking more than seven seconds off the previous best, set by China in 2002. The British, Australians and Americans also passed that mark with ease.

Seven Britons swam in the night's semi-finals - Liam Tancock, Kate Haywood, Lizzie Simmonds and James Gibson all progressing to Thursday's finals.

Tancock squeezed into the 100m backstroke final, qualifying eighth in a time of 51.50, while Haywood produced her second personal best of the day, a time of 30.45, to finish third in the 50m breaststroke semi-finals.




see also
Tancock and Adlington set records
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World swimming photos - day two
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World swimming photos - day one
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08 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Miley secures second Beijing spot
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Adlington earns second Games spot
05 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Team GB for Beijing
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Making a splash
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Swimming on the BBC
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