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Swimming - 05. April 2008.

MILEY CLAIMS EUROPEAN RECORD

Garioch swimmer Hannah Miley broke a seven-year-old European record in this evening's heats of the 400m Individual Medley at the British Swimming Championship (50m).

Miley held the British record for this event going into the competition but in the penultimate heat had to watch Stockport Metro's Keri-Anne Payne go out and break Miley's four-month-old record after finishing her heat in a time of 4:38.48. Payne swam an excellent race and held onto her lead throughout to meet the FINA 'A' qualifying time.

The British champion, Miley, went into her heat hungry to re-claim her record and prove her all round ability. She went out quickly and carved herself a large lead as she hit the 150m mark, she carried on pushing hard and turned for the final 100m well within the European time.

After swimming an impressive race Miley touched in a time of 4:33.24, which not only meant she re-claimed the British record but gave her the European record also.

"I am still shocked by that to be honest," she said. "I really just didn't expect that time. I am really pleased because I am getting closer to the world's best all the time and it is looking good for Beijing."

The women's 200m Freestyle saw one of the closest heats of the competition with both Caitlin McClatchey (Loughborough University) and Rebecca Adlington (Nova Centurion) chasing the British record.

Swimming in the final heat the two athletes turned well within the record and swam length for length up until the final 25m when the strength of Adlington showed through as she smashed McClatchey's record by almost a second after touching in 1:56.66.

"I didn't expect that. I have never been that quick before and after a punishing week I never dreamt I could go that fast," Adlington said. "I haven't done sprint work for a while, but it just shows we have a great 4x200m relay team and I want to be a part of that."

McClatchey took the second spot and met the vital qualifying time after finishing in 1:57.09.

Three other athletes also met the FINA 'A' qualifying time. They were Joanne Jackson (Derwentside) touched in 1:58.58, Fran Halsall (City of Liverpool) who finished in 1:59.13 and Mel Marshall (Loughborough University) in a time of 1:59.15.
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