Miley is Olympic finalist

Robert Gordon University student and RGU: SPORT scholar, Hannah Miley, put in a solid performance at the London 2012 Games this evening (Saturday 28 July). 

The Sports and Exercise Science student competed in the final of the 400m Individual Medley (IM), finishing in fifth position with a time of 4:34.17 minutes. 

Gold went to 16-year-old Shiwen Ye from China who stormed ahead with a world record-breaking time of 4:28.43 minutes. Silver went to USA’s Elizabeth Beisel (4:31.27) and bronze was claimed by China’s Xuanxu Li (4:32.91).

Hannah finished closely behind Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu who completed in 4:33.49 minutes.   

The day got off to a flying start this morning at the London Aquatics Centre with Hannah winning her heat, swimming in at 4:34.98 minutes, followed by defending champion, Australia’s Stephanie Rice, in second. Hannah placed sixth fastest in the heats, comfortably securing herself a place in the final.

She will next compete in the 200m IM on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 July, followed by the 4x200m Freestyle Relay on Wednesday 1 August.

Hannah, who hails from Inverurie, is supported by the RGU: SPORT Scholar programme where she benefits from a package of tailor-made programmes devised to support her needs, sports discipline and academic course requirements. Hannah trains at the state-of-the-art swimming pool at RGU: SPORT, which enables her to successfully combine her training schedule with her lectures at Garthdee.

Sports Programmes Manager at RGU: SPORT, Neil Brown, is among the university team who have supported Hannah throughout the years. He represented the RGU on the day having secured a poolside seat for the finals. He commented:

“For Hannah to once again compete in the final of an Olympic event is a huge achievement and it is the product of years of hard work. Her dedication, skill and determination are exemplary.

“To have seen Hannah’s progression into a world-class Olympian has been a real privilege, and it has been great to have had the opportunity to play a role in her training. I know I speak for the University and the nation when I say that we are so proud of Hannah. She can absolutely be sure of our continued support as the enters the next stages of her Olympic campaign.”        

The London 2012 Swimming events are taking place over eight days between 28 July and 4 August. A total of 950 competitors are taking part in 34 different events, with 32 held within the Aquatics Centre, and two Marathon Swimming events taking place in Hyde Park.

A full athlete bio for Hannah can be found on the London 2012 website here

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer|Faculty of Health and Social Care
Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389