Hannah Miley inspired by 'awesome' Turner

07 March 2012 / 07:16

Hannah Miley admitted the tears she shed after occasional training partner Rebecca Turner booked her place on the Olympic team served to inspire her as the Scot claimed her second title of the week in the 200 metres individual medley at the Aquatics Centre on Tuesday night.

City of Sheffield pair Turner and Eleanor Faulkner have trained with Miley at the four-lane, 25m pool she sometimes shares with the public in Inverurie.

Training in tough conditions clearly breeds success as Turner won the 200m freestyle in a personal best of one minute 57.65 seconds to make the grade for the Great Britain team with Faulkner third.

Miley took to the water to add a 200m individual medley berth to the one she had booked in the 400m event in which she won silver at last year's World Championships in Shanghai.

The Garioch swimmer said: "Both Ellie and Becky (Turner), their swims had me in tears. Becky had such an awesome swim. She was my room-mate at the World Champs so it'll be great to have her on the team and for her to experience being at the Olympic Games.

"They train so hard and they've travelled up to me and it was so good to have training partners. It is great to have that support within the team so I'm really pleased with how her and Ellie have done.

"Their race spurred me on. Seeing that really does lift you and make you think right it is my turn to go and hopefully repeat what they do."

Miley's time of 2mins 10.77secs would have been enough to win any Olympic final, bar Beijing in the era of performance-enhancing suits. It was a closely-fought contest, though, and it was not until down the final length that the 22-year-old pulled away with Sophie Allen's 2:11.71 also good enough to qualify.

In tonight's finals, world silver medallist Ellen Gandy heads the 200m butterfly ahead of Jemma Lowe. World finalists Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis lead the 200m breaststroke finalists while British record holder Simon Burnett is fastest into the 100m freestyle final.

Fran Halsall starts her 100m freestyle bid while James Goddard, fourth in Shanghai, is in the 200m individual medley heats.

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