Hannah Miley smiling again as she secures Olympic spot

Hannah Miley won the 400m individual medley at Tollcross
Hannah Miley won the 400m individual medley at Tollcross
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Hannah Miley booked her spot at a third Olympic Games as she claimed 400m individual medley glory at Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

Miley and rival Aimee Wilmott went head-to-head on the opening evening of the British Swimming Championships and it was the 26-year-old Scot who came out on top, coming home in a time of 4:33.40.

That was comfortably inside the qualifying standard required for Rio, and her place should be confirmed with the rest of the team next Thursday.

Miley said: “My target was to get the consideration time and I’ve got that. Now I can relax and enjoy the competition and see how the rest of my races go, so I’m very happy.

“That was the race that I wanted. For me, it’s all about practising and planning my preparations for getting up to swim fast on day one of the Olympics, so mission achieved.

“Getting on the team is very cut-throat. This is it, there are no semi-finals, you either do it or you don’t. And again, that is what the Olympics is like, you don’t get second chances so anything can happen. You can be the best prepared, but make the slightest mistake and it almost defines your career. None of us want that to happen.”

Meanwhile, Edinburgh University’s Michael Jamieson has turned his attentions to the 200m breaststroke after failing to qualify in the 100m following a seventh-place finish but remains optimistic he can turn things around in his favoured event on Friday.

“I’ve obviously got a lot of work to do to get back to my best but the 200 is on Friday so it was a bit of a toss-up whether we did the 100. It’s just trying to get some race practice before Friday,” said the 27-year-old, who won 200m breaststroke silver at London 2012.

“But the 100 isn’t always a reflection of how things are going to go in the 200, particularly in breaststroke so I’m still in with a shout and you never know what can happen on the day.”

Also racing in the 100m breaststroke final was Livingston’s Craig Benson, who finished fourth in 1:00.25 seconds.

Elsewhere, Warrender Baths swimmer Keri-Anne Payne warmed up for the 800m later this week by making a surprise final in the 200m freestyle while fellow Warrender swimmer Dan Wallace was 11th fastest in the men’s 400m freestyle heats.

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