Miley and Peaty secure silver for British contingent
Britain’s swimmers won two silver medals on day one of the European Short Course Championships in Israel thanks to triple World Champion Adam Peaty and Commonwealth Champion Hannah Miley.
Miley (Garioch) put the small GBR team of 10 onto the medal table with a hard fought silver in the 400m Individual Medley. Gold went to Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, who earlier in the day had set a new World Record, and bronze went to Lara Grangeon of France.
Peaty (City of Derby), announced this week as a top 12 contender for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in recognition of his outstanding achievements, qualified fastest for the final of the 50 Breaststroke.
And it was the narrowest of margins that separated the medals in the final with gold going to Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic by 1/100th of a second from Peaty with silver and Oleg Kostin of Russia took bronze.
The event sits in the middle of a hard block of work for the British team of 10 as they lay the foundations on which to build their performances for the 2016 Olympic year. The Europeans enable them to combine this with race preparation and process practice.
Athletes set to compete at the LEN European Short Course Championships in Netanya, Israel (2-6 Dec) are:
Luke Greenbank - Cockermouth
Roberto Pavoni – National Centre, Loughborough
Adam Peaty – City of Derby
Liam Tancock – National Centre, Loughborough
Chris Walker-Hebborn - National Centre, Bath
Andrew Willis - National Centre, Bath
Jazz Carlin - National Centre, Bath
Georgia Coates – City of Leeds
Hannah Miley - Garioch
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor - National Centre, Bath