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Hannah is all set to go the extra Miley in Turkey test

- By RYAN BANGS

HANNAH MILEY will carry the weight of the nation at the European Short Course Championsh­ips in Turkey next week – but admitted she wouldn’t want it any other way.

Despite failing to break her senior long course internatio­nal medal duck this year, Miley heads to Istanbul as the in-form member of the 31-strong British Gas Swimming Team.

The 20-year-old travelled to the World Championsh­ips in Rome as the world’s leading 400m medley swimmer only to finish fourth, days after a sixth place in the 200m equivalent.

Rather than be deterred, Miley has packed her winter schedule, combining the 200m breaststro­ke, 400m freestyle and the 200m and 400m medleys in Turkey with the British Gas Duel in the Pool when Europe take on the USA a week later.

Miley is the only Britto double-up but insists the growing pressure on her to finally climb the senior podium in Istanbul is anything but a disadvanta­ge.

“If you look at the tea m going to the Europeans I do feel that bit of pressure but it is all about being able to manage it,” said Miley.

“I am always going to have that pressure and expectatio­n, not just from other people but from myself and that is one of the things I enjoy.

“In a way it is good to have people talking about yo u because I know I am being recognised for my achievemen­ts.

“Events tend to get harder the higher the level but I have always had that enjoyment of doing so many and being able to swim on the first couple of days helps me get used to the pool.

“And the 400m medley, which is my main event, is on the last day in Istanbul so having so many beforehand helps because I can pick and choose whether I want to do them, I can see how I am feeling and take it from there.”

Miley has fine-tuned her European preparatio­ns by spending time training in Dubai as well as taking part in the Eindhoven Cupin Holland less than 10 days before the showpiece event in Turkey. THE Inverurie flyer remembers last year’s European Short Course Championsh­ips in Croatia for all the wrong reasons having finished an agonising fourth in both the 200m and 400m medleys.

However, after changing tactics at the turn of the year and ironing out her breaststro­ke faults, Miley is adamant finishing fourth is no longer an option.

“I have come a long way over the past year I feel, but it has all been a bit bizarre,” she added. “Last year the Europeans were in Croatia and I can’t believe h ow quickly the past 12 months have gone.

“It was good fun to go but obviously finishing fourth twice wasn’t fun. I have come fourth a lot recently and I hope to break that chain in Turkey.

“I have made changes since then and I know a lot of my rivals have as well so it should be interestin­g.”

British Gas and British Swimming. The nation’s leading energy supplier, British Gas, is the Principal Partner of British Swimming, supporting the sport at all levels: ‘From paddling pool to podium’.For more informatio­n visit www.britishgas.co.uk/swimming

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