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Miley seeking no pressure in Rome

By Katie Still

Miley is relaxed ahead of competing in Rome

At 19 years old Hannah Miley is number one in the World going into the World Long Course Championships in Rome.

That event being the 400m Individual Medley, the Scot is also number two in the 200m IM.

She is quick to point out however that what is written on paper, very often gets erased when it comes to the reality of racing!

That said, when she touches down in the Eternal City next week, she goes in as one of the strong favourites.

She was in imperious form at the British Gas Scottish National Championships last month, holds European records for both disciplines and has been untouchable in both earning her the reputation of being the world's number one female medley swimmer.

Hannah hails from near Inverurie in Aberdeenshire and is coached by her Father, Patrick.

She is an extremely dedicated athlete with a healthy positive attitude which is necessary to be the best in the individual medley.

British team mate and double Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington has backed her to go "all the way".

Hannah for so long seemed to be the 'promising youngster' absorbing the experience of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006, to then develop as a senior athlete and compete in Beijing at the Olympic Games in 2008 where she finished 6th.

That was a disappointment for her but now, almost a year later, given her world rankings, she certainly has rid herself of the 'one to watch' tag and has become the 'one to beat'.

She's not keen on the pressure though, and doesn't like to reveal her targets. She never wants a performance to be deemed a failure by the media as she believes no performance is ever a complete failure.

All she concedes is that she wants to swim "faster in the final than in the heats" a simple and fair target to aim for.

The competition, which begins on Sunday 26th July until Sunday 2nd August, will have live coverage on BBC2.


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