Hamil­ton Hun­gary for more suc­cess

SWIM­MING MO­TOR­SPORT

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - FORE! - By Ross Mctav­ish

HAN­NAH Mi­ley is gun­ning to put one over her Olympic ri­vals at the World Cham­pi­onships in China to­mor­row.

The Gar­i­och swim­mer com­petes in the 400 me­tres in­di­vid­ual med­ley, her sig­na­ture event.

Mi­ley is hop­ing for a podium place and a boost in con­fi­dence in the build-up to next sum­mer’s Lon­don Games.

She said: “It’s the next clos­est meet to the Olympics and nine times out of ten you will race the same peo­ple at both events.

“Hav­ing al­ready com­peted at World Cham­pi­onships, it’s nice know­ing I have that ex­pe­ri­ence. I can use it as I be­come more of a se­nior ath­lete.”

In Rome two years ago, In­verurie’s Mi­ley came ag­o­nis­ingly close to a medal.

Hun­gary’s Katinka Hosszu took gold to be­come the world cham­pion, with Kirsty Coven­try, of Zim­babwe, sec­ond and Aus­tralia’s Stephanie Rice third.

Mi­ley said: “In Rome I came fourth by 0.4 of a sec­ond. I have to look at the pos­i­tive though, other­wise it will drag me down. “As an ath­lete you are al­ways cri­tiquing your­self. But it’s those who get up from the downs that make their mark.”

Mi­ley hopes she will be able to post her best time of the sea­son in to­mor­row’s fi­nal, should she qual­ify as ex­pected.

The 21-year-old said: “I am try­ing to break a habit. I have a his­tory of swim­ming my fastest at the tri­als in spring. LEWIS Hamil­ton has re­vealed the mo­ti­va­tion be­hind his storm­ing win in Ger­many last week­end – fi­nally feel­ing fresher and fit­ter.

Hamil­ton was left curs­ing his com­mit­ments to McLaren’s spon­sors in the run-up to the Bri­tish Grand Prix, in­sist­ing his next con­tract would re­flect his un­hap­pi­ness and he would be less busy.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing their driver’s con­cerns, McLaren al­lowed Hamil­ton to miss more pro­mo­tional events post-Sil­ver­stone, in­clud­ing a day visit to In­dia.

With time off, the 26-year-old was fi­nally able to train and re­lax, and that was re­flected in his per­forma n c e w h e n h e c o n j u r e d a stun­ning drive to take the flag at the Nur­bur­gring.

That vic­tory has lifted his spir­its and con­fi­dence go­ing into to­mor­row’s race in Hun­gary and for the For­mula One ti­tle fight ahead.

“I went into the week­end so much more re­freshed. I can’t ex­press how much fresher I was be­cause I hadn’t trained for three to four weeks in the run-up to Sil­ver­stone,” said Hamil­ton.

“Then when it has come to the ma­jor meets, I have not been able to back that up.

“Last year was the first time I've been able to break that habit. Hope­fully, this time I can do the same again.”

To­mor­row’s fi­nal session starts at 11am BST.

Mean­while, Aberdeen duo David Carry and Rob­bie Ren­wick were part of the 4x200m freestyle re­lay team which fin­ished sixth.

“With that break I was able to train ev­ery day. I was able to push, get­ting my body feel­ing fresher, so I went to Ger­many with a clear mind and I’d eaten at the right times.

“I also fly an un­be­liev­able amount.

“Over 500 a year, more than three weeks, which is a long time of your life.

“The trav­el­ling is what kills you the most, so with that time off, to have that pe­riod do­ing my train­ing and stuff, I went to Ger­many fresh.

“It prob­a­bly made a big­ger dif­fer­ence than I thought it was go­ing to make.”

POWER SWIM: Han­nah Mi­ley swims in the 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley to­mor­row.

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