Olympic fever ran high throughout the RGU community this summer as it joined together in support of Team GB swim-star Hannah Miley’s appearance at the London 2012 games.
The RGU Sports and Exercise Science student and RGU: SPORT Scholar showed a marked improvement on her Beijing 2008 campaign, forging her way to the final in all three of her chosen events.
Kicking off with the 400 metre Individual Medley (IM) on Saturday 28 July, Hannah ranked first in her heat and sixth fastest over all, comfortably securing herself a place in the final. Come the evening, Hannah completed in fifth position with a time of 4:34.17 minutes. Gold was claimed by 16-year-old Shiwen Ye from China who stormed ahead with a world record-breaking time of 4:28.43 minutes.
Hannah returned to the London Aquatics Centre pool with renewed vigour on Monday 30 July, placing fourth in her heat for the 200m IM, and qualifying for the final by finishing second in her heat in 2:10.89 minutes. At the final on Tuesday 31 July, she finished in seventh position, only 0.16 seconds behind Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe with a time of 2:11.29 minutes.
The North-east swim star completed her Olympic campaign alongside fellow Team GB members in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay on Wednesday 1 August. Having been rested during the initial heat, she progressed straight to the final. Her performance brought national acclaim when she helped her team make huge progress in the third round, pushing them up the ranks to ultimately claim fifth position with a time of 7:52.37 minutes.
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 commented:
“It is a huge achievement for Hannah to have upped her game to compete in the Olympic final of each of her events and it’s 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 indeed the nation when I say that we couldn’t be more proud of Hannah.”
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. : http://www.london2012.com/athlete/miley-hannah-1098559/
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