Hamilton Hungary for more success
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.