Miley misses out on medal

  • Last Updated: December 13 2012, 20:59 GMT

Hannah Miley narrowly failed to add to her medal tally as she finished fourth in the 800 metres freestyle at the World Short-Course Championships in Istanbul.

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Miley had enjoyed a memorable victory on Wednesday when she withstood the challenge of Olympic champion Ye Shiwen in the 400m individual medley.

However, the 23-year-old was unable to repeat such heroics as she finished fourth, 0.56 seconds behind American Chloe Sutton in eight minutes 16.09 seconds.

City of Sheffield's Eleanor Faulkner, with whom Miley sometimes trains, was eighth in 8mins 22.96secs.

Miley said: "I think I might have gone out a little bit harder than I expected but that is the experience of racing an 800 at such a high standard.

"I am used to doing it at district or maybe national level but to do it at international level is a whole different kettle of fish. So I am really happy with that."

The race was won by New Zealand's Lauren Boyle, who was under Rebecca Adlington's championship record until the 750m mark but finished 0.37s outside.

Second was 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Lotte Friis.

The Dane was second behind Adlington in a shootout at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai and the pair were expected to reignite their duel at the London Olympics.

However, the pair were blown away by 15-year-old American Katie Ledecky as Adlington took third and Friis fifth.

Friis said: "I think what happened was that me and Rebecca were way too focused on each other and not so focused on the other competitors.

"Kate going out so quickly broke the tactics both me and Becky had; I think I just followed her rather than thinking what was good for my race.

"But that is how it is, you need to be prepared for everything and that final I was only prepared for what Becky might do.

"I thought that (it would be a shootout) and I know a lot of people thought that so that is what Kate took advantage of and she swam her race perfectly."

Friis contemplated quitting after London but a desire not to go out on such a note saw her switch to Nice where she trains with triple 2012 medallist Camille Muffat, a move that has renewed her love of the sport.

However, it is unlikely she will meet Adlington again given the Dane is aiming to compete at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona with the Briton only likely to aim for the relay, if she decides to continue.

Elsewhere, Georgia Davies was fifth in the 100m backstroke in a new Welsh record.

The Swansea ITC swimmer was in contention until the closing stages but was edged out of the medals by 0.14s in 57.32s.

The 22-year-old was one of only six British swimmers to set a season's best time at the Olympics with the sixth fastest time in the heats.

Davies said: "I was disappointed at the Olympics because I gave everything in the heat so when it came to the semi-final I didn't have much left.

"So for me, coming here was about can I go for best times, pushing myself and can I improve as I go and not give everything at the early stages."

Ruta Meilutyte continued her remarkable success in 2012 when she won the 50m breaststroke in a new championship record of 29.44.

The 15-year-old is based at Plymouth College, which numbers Tom Daley among its pupils, and she said: "Really, really pleased. I couldn't ask for more - a championship record and gold.

"Every medal I win is something special."

Ieuan Lloyd set his third Welsh record in two days as he led off the 4x200m freestyle squad in 1:45.24, the quartet finishing seventh as Ryan Lochte picked up his third gold medal - and fourth overall - with the United States.

Sophie Allen was sixth going into Friday's 100m individual medley final.

Meanwhile, Chad le Clos continued his remarkable 2012 when he was crowned 100 metres butterfly champion.

The South African sprang to prominence at the London Olympics when he edged out Michael Phelps on the touch in the 200m butterfly.

Phelps had not been beaten at top international level in the event since 2002 and Le Clos clearly could not absorb his achievement at the time, while his father was overcome in the stands in an emotional outburst captured on TV.

Tthe 20-year-old eclipsed Ian Crocker's world textile best from 2004 with a time of 48.82 seconds ahead of American pair Thomas Shields and Ryan Lochte.

Japan's Daiya Seto, 18, became just the fifth man to dip below the four minute mark as he won the 400m individual medley.

Seto produced a superb breaststroke leg to touch in 3mins 59.15secs with four-time Olympic medallist Laszlo Cseh of Hungary second.

Cseh said: "I expected the gold and would have liked to swim a better time. I'm not happy with the silver."

In the 100m backstroke, Matt Grevers added the short-course title to his Olympic crown.

The American made the most of being 6ft 8in to edge out Russian Stanislav Donets by 0.02s in 49.89.

Grevers said: "He (Donets) is definitely the king of the short course and I am the king of the long course. I considered myself pretty good, but he was as well. I am glad I beat him on this one."

Ruta Meilutyte set a championship record of 29.44 to win the 50m breaststroke and Olivia Smoliga won the 100m backstroke (56.64).

Fabio Scozzoli took the men's 100m breaststroke title and Lochte claimed his third gold medal - and fourth overall - as the United States won the 4x200m freestyle relay.

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