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OLYMPIC SWIM TEAM TAKES FORM
6th April 2008
The final day of the British Swimming Championships saw the final athletes meet the nomination criteria to add their names to the list of swimmers that have the chance to go to this summer's Olympic Games.
In order to make the Olympic team, athletes must finish in first or second place in the final of their event and have met the FINA 'A' time for that event in the heat.
With David Davies already pre-selected for the event, the final of the men's 1,500m saw two athletes fighting for the final Olympic nomination spot.
Garioch's Hannah Miley went into the final of the women's 400m Individual Medley looking to post another fast time after breaking the European record in the last night's heats.
Miley and Keri-Anne Payne (Stockport Metro) were the only two athletes to have met the qualifying time in the heats and found themselves fighting it out for the gold medal.
The new European record holder touched in third place after the first 50m and started looking slightly fatigued after gaining her new personal best time in the heat. But as the swimmers entered the 200m mark Miley began pulling back and as they moved into the final 100m Miley began pushing into the lead.
Miley touched ahead of Payne to claim the gold with a time of 4:37.41, the Stockport Metro swimmer took the silver with a time of 4:38.30.
The bronze medal went to Derventio's Emma Smithurst after she finished in a time of 4:47.28.
Rebecca Adlington (Nova Centurion) added to her impressive record at the British Swimming Championships (50m) by winning gold in the women's 200m Freestyle.
Caitlin McClatchey touched first over 50m but it was Adlington's form that took over in the final 50m as she touched home first to take the gold medal in 1:57.94.
The Loughborough University swimmer took the silver medal in a time of 1:58.22 and the bronze medal was taken by Derwentside's Joanne Jackson with a time if 1:58.77.