Robert Gordon University student and RGU: SPORT scholar, Hannah Miley, stormed to silver yesterday (31 July) at the World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai.
The Sports and Exercise Science student swam against long-time rival, Australia's Stephanie Rice, in the 400 individual medley, finishing ahead by a nail biting 100th of a second with a time of 4.32.22.
Despite a more measured butterfly stroke start, Hannah powered through the latter half of the race, making particular headway in the breast-stroke - her strongest stroke. She finished behind champion Elizabeth Beisel who took gold over two seconds quicker at 4:31.78.
Looking ahead to the vital 12 month campaign ahead of her, in an interview with the Scotsman, Hannah said: "This is the closest thing to the Olympics, so to get on that podium is unbelievable and a reward for all the hard work and training."
One of the region's brightest hopes for London 2012 Hannah, who hails from Inverurie, is sponsored by Aberdeen City and Shire through 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.
For a full Scotsman interview click here.
Footage of the race can be found on the BBC Sport website here.
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