Miley saves best for last with Commonwealth gold

North-east sport star, Hannah Miley, has won gold for her country at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday (9 October 2010).

The Robert Gordon University student and RGU: Sport scholar smashed the Commonwealth record at the Delhi games in the Women’s 400m Individual Medley at midday on Saturday, completing in 4 mins 38.83 seconds.

Miley (21) has become the first Scottish woman to win gold in the Delhi pool at the 2010 Games.

Saturday’s success builds on the Garioch-local’s recent triumph on the European stage, having secured gold and two bronze at August’s European Championships in Budapest. As in Hungary, the 400m IM has proven once again to be her strongest event.

With Commonwealth success now in the bag, Hannah’s campaign for the 2012 Olympic games will step up yet another gear. Her biggest competition comes from ‘down-under’ in the form of Australia’s two-time Olympic Gold champion, Stephanie Rice, who withdrew from the Delhi Games in August due to shoulder injury.

One of the region’s brightest hopes for the 2012 Olympics, Hannah is sponsored by Aberdeen City and Shire through the RGU: SPORT Scholarship 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.

Filippo Antoniazzi, Director of Sport at RGU: SPORT comments:

"I am absolutely delighted to see that Hannah's persistent hard work and dedication to the sport have paid off in such spectacular fashion. Winning a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games, and setting a new record in the process is the greatest success any of our Sports Scholars have ever achieved, and we are extremely proud to have played a role in it.

We are striving to develop an environment at RGU: SPORT in which Robert Gordon University is the institution of choice for elite athletes, and Hannah's thoroughly deserved triumph in Delhi only serves to highlight that."


Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
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Tel: 01224 262389