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Hannah Miley earns second medal at World Short-Course Championships

Miley earns second medal at World Short-Course Championships

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19:12 GMT, 15 December 2012

Medal winner: Hannah Miley earned a bronze to go with her gold

Medal winner: Hannah Miley earned a bronze to go with her gold

Hannah Miley claimed her second medal of the World Short-Course Championships when she was third in the 200 metres individual medley in Istanbul.

The 23-year-old won gold in her specialist 400m event on the first night of competition, breaking her own European record in the process.

The Garioch swimmer was fourth with
50m to go tonight but she managed to force her way into the podium
places to touch in two minutes 07.12 seconds.

It was Great Britain's fourth medal of the five-day competition in Turkey, which will conclude on Sunday.

Miley, seventh in this event at the Olympics, said: 'I am really, really happy with that. It has given me another boost of confidence and motivation for the next part of the season.'

In the other final in which Britain competed, the women's 4x100m freestyle relay finished eighth.

The quartet comprising Rebecca
Turner, Lizzie Simmonds, Eleanor Faulkner and Fran Halsall had qualified
seventh and they were 0.03secs slower tonight in a race won by the
United States.

Michael Jamieson wins 200m breaststroke silver at World Short-Course Championships in Istanbul

Jamieson follows up Olympic silver with second-placed finish at World Short-Course Championships

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00:19 GMT, 15 December 2012

Michael Jamieson displayed all the hunger and desire that drove him to Olympic silver as he banished the memory of a 'hopeless' morning swim to finish second in the 200 metres breaststroke at the World Short-Course Championships in Istanbul.

It was Great Britain's third medal of the five-day competition after Hannah Miley and Jemma Lowe had claimed gold and bronze respectively on the first day at the Sinan Erdem Dome.

It was also hard-fought given the 24-year-old had only squeezed into the final as the slowest qualifier.

Jamieson was the slowest qualifier for the final after a disappointing morning

Jamieson was the slowest qualifier for the final after a disappointing morning

The Bath ITC swimmer's frustration was clear this morning but that is symptomatic of the hunger that helped drive him on when he was living in Paris without funding in an attic room so small he could stand in the middle and touch both walls and with a shower that doubled as a wardrobe.

Coming into the race it was his team-mate Andrew Willis who stood out, a new English record seeing him qualify fourth.

Tonight's line-up was loaded with quality and the pair needed to be at their best to be in the mix and with 50m to go, Jamieson was second and Willis third.

The Scot dug in, holding off the fast-finishing Russian Viatcheslav Sinkevich to lower his own British record to two minutes 03.00 seconds and claim the silver.

The Scot added World Short-Course silver to his Olympic silver medal

The Scot added World Short-Course silver to his Olympic silver medal

It also took more than three seconds off the time he had swum this morning, one he had described as 'hopeless'.

Willis was overhauled to finish fifth in 2:03.29, 0.21secs off the podium.

Jamieson said: 'It just goes to show the power of psychology.

'To be honest, after I came out of that heat I didn't even want to swim the final after seeing the result, I was just so annoyed.

'But I just went back and dressed myself down a bit – it goes to show you can race best times unrested.

'I just went it for it tonight – it was a bonus to get in so I just decided to go for it from the start.

'I didn't want to lose I guess.'

Britain's Lizzie Symonds finished fifth in the 200m backstroke

Britain's Lizzie Symonds finished fifth in the 200m backstroke

USA's Ryan Lochte was in a league of his own as he broke his 200m medley world record

USA's Ryan Lochte was in a league of his own as he broke his 200m medley world record

The race was won in a new championship record of 2:01.35 by Hungary's Daniel Gyurta, who set a world record in holding off Jamieson at the Olympics, although that was subsequently lowered by Akihiro Yamaguchi, fourth here.

Jamieson added: 'I'm getting there – I've got a collection of silver medals, the next stage is to change the colour of that.

'But Dan (Gyurta) is untouchable just now – it's about time someone closed that gap on him, I'd love to see his medal cabinet, it seems to be growing all the time.

'But fair play to him, he's been the man to beat in the last few years and he is running away with titles at the minute.'

Jamieson and Willis train alongside each other and the latter said: “There is definitely part of me that wants to be keeping up with him or beating him at the same time.

'I think deep down we're pretty competitive against each other in training and it's great, at the same time to have someone to push you.

'He is a great swimmer, he's got the medals coming in now and that is what I should be learning from.'

Another Bath swimmer, Lizzie Simmonds, was fifth in the 200m backstroke in 2:04.55.

The 21-year-old was fourth in London, after which she moved from Loughborough to embark upon a completely different training programme.

The women's 4x100m medley relay finished fourth in a British record of 3:51.85.

Jaz Carlin was fifth in the 400m freestyle (4:02.45) and Sophie Allen finished sixth in the 100m individual medley (59.03).

Ryan Lochte, the 11-time Olympic medallist, was a world apart as he lowered his own world record in the 200m individual medley to 1:49.63.

Hannah Miley claims 200m individual medley silver at European Short Course Championship

Brit Miley claims 200m individual medley silver at European Short Course Championship

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00:47 GMT, 23 November 2012

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UPDATED:

00:48 GMT, 23 November 2012

Hannah Miley set a British record as
she claimed silver in the 200m individual medley at the European Short
Course Championships in France.

The Scot, who won silver and bronze at last year's competition in Poland, finished behind Hungary's Katinka Hosszu in two minutes 6.21 seconds, with British team-mate Siobhan-Marie O'Connor in fourth.

Making a splash: Brit Hannah Miley

Making a splash: Brit Hannah Miley

Miley, who reached three finals but
failed to find the podium at London 2012, attributed her new training
regime to the result in France.

'I've changed my training programme and it's showing it works,” she told the BBC.

'Every season we change things slightly and I'm pleased with the effect it's had.'

The 23-year-old was eighth at the end of the butterfly leg, and found herself in fourth on the backstroke before her breaststroke leg saw her first at the turn.

But Hosszu – fourth in the 400m individual medley at London 2012 – beat her on the final freestyle leg to secure gold.

Jennifer Pinches quits British gymnastics

Pinches quits British gymnastics set-up despite impressive showing at Olympics

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11:34 GMT, 11 September 2012

Olympic gymnast Jennifer Pinches has confirmed she will no longer compete for Great Britain.

The 18-year-old, who was part of the five-strong British women's team at London 2012, confirmed the news on her Twitter account.

The teenager made the announcement following Monday's 'Our Greatest Team' parade in which she took part and ahead of a trip to Ecuador for some travelling and volunteer work.

Exit: Jennifer Pinches will no longer compete for Great Britain

Exit: Jennifer Pinches will no longer compete for Great Britain

Pinches said: 'I will no longer be doing competitive gymnastics in or for Great Britain.

'However, you can't get rid of me that easily! Got some exciting projects lined up soon and next year 😀 #hushhush for now tho.

'I'm sat at the gate ready to board my plane. Excited and happy reflecting on the past few weeks/months and what I've achieved.

'Can't thank all of you enough for encouraging me, supporting me and helping me through everything. Especially my close friends and family and everyone at British Gymnastics #iambg'.

Teamwork: Pinches was part of the British squad at London 2012

Teamwork: Pinches was part of the British squad at London 2012

Pinches qualified to compete for Great Britain at London 2012 with City of Liverpool club-mates Beth Tweddle, Rebecca Tunney and Hannah Whelan, and fifth member Imogen Cairns from Portishead, near Bristol.

They finished sixth in the team final – Britain's best ever result in an Olympic Games.

Pinches is the first of the Team GB gymnastics squad to announce she will no longer compete for Great Britain.

Tweddle, the oldest member of the team at 27, has said that she will wind down her gymnastics career, Whelan and Cairns have not made their decisions public and 15-year-old Tunney is expected to carry on competing.

London 2012 Paralympics: Hannah Cockroft wins T34 200m gold

Hurricane Hannah blows opposition away to grab second Paralympic gold in T34 200m

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19:18 GMT, 6 September 2012

'Hurricane' Hannah Cockroft destroyed her competition and the Paralympic record to win her second gold medal at the Olympic Stadium.

The 20-year-old claimed she felt like she was 'flying' after a dominant run in qualifying this morning and lived up to her nickname in emphatic fashion by storming to T34 200 metres glory.

The Halifax racer, the world record holder and already the 100m champion, finished in 31.90 seconds, more than two seconds clear of the field.

Ecstasy: Hannah Cockroft celebrates her magnificent victory

Ecstasy: Hannah Cockroft celebrates her magnificent victory

So dominant is she at the event that, racing from lane six, she was already passed the two competitors outside her after barely 20m and was streets clear by the time she crossed the line.

More to follow.

Streaks ahead: Cockroft leads the way

Streaks ahead: Cockroft leads the way

Full pelt: Cockroft gave it all as she took her second medal

Full pelt: Cockroft gave it all as she took her second medal

London 2012 Paralympics: Jessica-Jane Applegate and Sophie Christiansen pick up gold

Golden girls back in fashion as two more Brits pick up top accolades

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21:57 GMT, 2 September 2012

The golden girls are back as the Paralympics provided us with two more on Sunday.

Jessica-Jane Applegate and Sophie Christiansen claimed their gold medals in different sports and in different ways but the beaming smiles were the same.

Applegate triumphed in the pool, Christiansen in the more serene equestrian arena after an anxious wait. Her victory, riding Janeiro 6, ensured Britain won the team event too, meaning a 10th gold for Lee Pearson.

That's the one: Sophie Christiansen with her dressage gold

That's the one: Sophie Christiansen with her dressage gold

Applegate continued where Ellie Simmonds left off, coming from behind on the last leg to send a partisan home crowd delirious.

Applegate is just 16 yet raced like a veteran, turning into the final leg of her S14 200m freestyle in third but notching a Paralympic record time of 2min 12.63sec. She reeled in Holland’s Marlou van der Kulk, then Australia’s Taylor Corry to win by 0.55sec. ‘I’m ecstatic. I really didn’t think I’d be able to do something like that,’ said Applegate, who has learning difficulties which limit the amount of coaching she can absorb. ‘The last turn I just knew I had to give everything.

‘I just had to break through that pain barrier. To knock two seconds off my PB is amazing.’

Great race: Jessica-Jane Applegate (left) swam superbly

Great race: Jessica-Jane Applegate (left) swam superbly

Christiansen was drawn first in her event and posted an imposing 82.750 per cent. She waited as 13 riders tried and failed to top it.

The 24-year-old’s triumph came after double gold in Beijing, a feat she has emulated following the team success alongside Pearson, Deb Criddle and Sophie Wells.

‘As long as I stayed relaxed and focused on what I had done in training, I knew I could pull out an 80 per cent-plus test,’ said Christiansen, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Blind swimmers James Clegg and Hannah Russell won bronze in their 100m butterfly races. Clegg’s sister Libby won silver in the T12 100m at the Olympic Stadium less than 40 minutes later.

In the dressage, Wells and Criddle had earlier claimed silver in their classes.

London 2012 Paralympics: Hannah Cockroft wins 100m

Cockroft breaks Paralympic record to win 100m gold with stunning display

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19:51 GMT, 31 August 2012

Wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft destroyed the field and the Paralympic record to claim gold in the T34 100 metres at a packed Olympic Stadium.

The 20-year-old had the race won by halfway as she crossed the line in 18.06 seconds, almost one-and-a-half seconds clear of her closest rival, Holland's Amy Siemons.

The Halifax athlete, who has cerebral palsy, had already broken the Paralympic record in qualifying this morning and no one could get close to stopping her taking the title.

Great Brit: Hannah Cockroft celebrates winning gold in the 100m - T34 final

Great Brit: Hannah Cockroft celebrates winning gold in the 100m – T34 final

Cockroft, who was greeted by a huge roar when introduced to the screaming fans, had admitted after her 18.24secs clocking in the heats she was 'a little scared' by the atmosphere.

But there were no sign of nerves whatsoever on the big occasion.
Cockroft, who was the first person to set a world record in the stadium earlier this year, got off to a typically explosive start and never looked back.

Only a slight head wind denied her the chance to attack her own world record of 17.60s.

'I've been working for the last four years for that. That was a good race,' she told Channel 4.

Asked about her emotions on crossing
the line, she said: 'I kind of was deciding whether to cry or laugh or
what to do. It's a little bit surreal when you've been dreaming about it
for so long and then it just kind of happens in, what, 18 seconds

'You're kind of like, 'I want to do it again. I can do it better.' I've got it now. I can't complain.

'On
the start line I knew I'd beaten all these girls before. Looking at
their times from the heats and their personal bests I was miles ahead of
them. I knew deep down I could do it, but it's always what happens on
the day.

'When there's so many people here supporting you they really, really do carry you along.

Hard at work: Cockroft on her way to winning gold

Hard at work: Cockroft on her way to winning gold

'I was kind of like, 'I don't know whether they're going to distract me or carry me along', but as soon as the gun went off it just erupted in here and it was amazing. I loved it.'

Cockroft now has the chance to do the double with the 200m to come and said: 'The 100m is actually my weakest event. Hopefully I can pick up a better lead in the 200.'

David Weir earlier produced a performance of supreme confidence to qualify in style for the final of the T54 5,000m.

Weir, who won Great Britain's only athletics golds with a double four years ago in Beijing, controlled the race before hitting the accelerator on the final lap.

He could afford to slow down on the home straight and rolled nonchalantly across the line in 11 minutes 28.88 seconds.

He said: 'It's a really great feeling. I did have nerves, but they were good nerves. I didn't panic at all.

'I'm in the right frame of mind and I'm in good shape. It was everything I expected so I loved it out there.'

London 2012 Paralympics: Nyree Kindred claims silver for Great Britain

Great Britain celebrate double swimming success as Kindred and Russell claim silver medals

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17:47 GMT, 30 August 2012

Nyree Kindred won Great Britain's
first medal in the pool when she was second in the S6 100 metres
backstroke with a world record from China's Lu Dong needed to beat the
Briton at the Aquatics Centre.

The 32-year-old won this event in Athens in 2004 before being edged out by Holland's Mirjam De Koning-Peper four years later.

Silver service: Kindred Nyree

Silver service: Kindred Nyree

Kindred was the fastest qualifier into the final in a new Paralympic record time in the heat on Thursday morning when she lowered the mark set by De Koning-Peper in China four years ago.

Despite that, the Welshwoman had been cautious after the race, pointing to the quality of her rivals, no doubt with the memory of Beijing still clear.

Lu led from start to finish after a superb kick off the wall with Kindred some way back before moving through the field to turn in third.

The Briton was coming back with each
stroke of the second length but the Chinese swimmer held on to touch in
one minute 24.71 seconds with Kindred second in 1min 26.23secs, just
0.04secs outside the old world record.

Kindred's race was the second of the
session with Zheng Tao having claimed the first gold in the pool of
London 2012 when he won the S6 100m backstroke in a new world record of
1min 13.56secs.

Kindred said: 'The crowd lifted me. They were brilliant. I'm glad they're all here.

Nyree Kindred

'We have got loads of guys who could win medals – we're here to win medals.'

Hannah Russell picked up Britain's second silver of the session when she fought out a superb duel with Oxana Savchenko in the S12 400m freestyle.

The Briton only turned 16 recently and showed no fear at all on her Paralympic debut, going stroke for stroke with the Russian.

Russell led after 250m but her opponent overhauled her on the subsequent length and was never headed despite the home swimmer coming back at her on the final 50m.

Savchenko touched in 4:37.89, 0.71secs ahead of Russell.

'It's a dream come true. I've come here to try my absolute best and to come away with a medal is a bonus and the cherry on the top,' she said. 'I couldn't believe it.'

Russell did not realise quite how close the race was.

Duel: Britain's Hannah Russell

Duel: Britain's Hannah Russell

'I had no idea,' she said. “I could hear the crowd when I was coming in on the last length.

'I tried to just give it my all and keep my head down and keep going as hard as I could to the finish.'

Russell, who chopped six seconds off her best in total today, added: 'To come here and medal was a bonus for me.

'I just wanted to come here and PB and try to make as many finals as possible.

'After my heat I felt really good, it was a really fast heat for me and I was really pleased.

'I thought after I could try and give it my best again and try and see if I could shave off any more seconds.'

Russell also drew on Rebecca Adlington's determined swim in the 400m freestyle at the Olympics which saw her claim the bronze medal despite swimming from an outside lane after only just squeaking into the final.

Russell said: 'For her to come back and perform that really gutsy swim – that's what inspires me.

'She came back and really gave it her all.

'When she wants it that much, she will give it her all, she won't let anything hold her back.'

Jermain Defoe dedicates England goal to recently deceased cousin

Defoe dedicates stunning goal against Italy to cousin who died in St Lucia

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22:58 GMT, 15 August 2012

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Jermain Defoe dedicated his winning goal to his cousin Hannah, who died in an accident in the Caribbean last month.

The Tottenham striker – on as a half-time substitute for Andy Carroll – cut inside down the left and drove a right-foot shot in to the far corner in the 79th minute to give England a 2-1 win over Italy in Berne.

Defoe said: ‘That goal was for my cousin who died in St Lucia.

Stunner: Defoe wheels away after scoring the decisive goal in Berne

Stunner: Defoe wheels away after scoring the decisive goal in Berne

'It would have been her (21st) birthday on Wednesday. It’s one of the best goals I have ever scored for England.’

An experimental England side had trailed to an early goal from Manchester City target Daniele De Rossi in front of a poor crowd at the Stade de Suisse.

But just as it seemed Roy Hodgson’s team were struggling to get a grip of the game, Everton defender Phil Jagielka appeared at a corner to head them back in to the game later in the first half.

Hodgson said: 'I'm happy with the way we responded to that challenge and the performance we gave. It’s the qualifiers that really count but it’s nice to know we have a deeper squad of players than that we took to the Euros.

Unstoppable: Defoe's hammer strike rifled into the top right hand corner

Unstoppable: Defoe's hammer strike rifled into the top right hand corner

Unstoppable: Defoe's hammer strike rifled into the top right hand corner

'Everyone did well. I’m hard pushed to criticise anybody. There were a lot of very good performances.

'The goal was spectacular, a great way to win the game. That is Jermain’s forte, something he can do.

'He does it regularly for Tottenham and it was nice to see him doing it for England.’

Debutant Tom Cleverley added: 'It was a proud moment for me and a big moment in any footballer’s life. I managed to get forward at times and hopefully I can impress the manager and get called up again.'

Mixed emotions: Defoe dedicated the goal to his cousin who recently passed away

Mixed emotions: Defoe dedicated the goal to his cousin who recently died

Watford 0 Tottenham 1 – pre-season match report

Watford 0 Tottenham 1: Defoe delivers timely reminder of his talents to AVB

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18:08 GMT, 5 August 2012

Jermain Defoe made his case to start the season as Tottenham’s centre forward with the winner at Watford on Sunday evening.

Andre Villas-Boas is chasing at least one new striker with Emmanuel Adebayor and young Brazilian Leandro Damiao the chief targets.

But Defoe issued a reminder of his finishing prowess as he returned to the team after flying home from the club’s tour of the United States following the death of his cousin.

Jermaine Man: Tottenham striker Defoe scored the only goal in a pre-season win over Watford

Jermaine Man: Tottenham striker Defoe scored the only goal in a pre-season win over Watford

MATCH FACTS

WATFORD (4-1-4-1): Almunia; Doyley (Hodson 75), Nosworthy, Taylor, Pudil
(Dickinson, 6 min); Eustace; Yeates, Buaben (Massey 78), Hogg (Forsyth
67), Murray (Mingoia 84); Garner (Iwelumo 58).

TOTTENHAM (4-3-2-1): Friedel (Cudicini HT); Naughton (Walker HT), Gallas
(Vertonghen HT), Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Jenas (Sigurdsson HT), Livermore
(Bentley 80), Carroll (Huddlestone 67); Lennon, Bale (Townsend 75);
Defoe (Kane 67).

It has been a sombre summer for the England striker. His father died after a battle with throat cancer during the preparations for Euro 2012 and 20-year-old Hannah Defoe died last week, electrocuted when she dived into a swimming pool during a holiday in the Caribbean.

Defoe was back on the pitch at Vicarage Road and back in the goals as Tottenham continued their unbeaten pre-season under the new manager.

There were traces of AVB’s tactical trademarks around. The goalkeeper rolled almost every ball to his defenders, the central defenders split wide in possession, the full-backs roared forward and the midfield triangle tried to rotate.

His efforts to imprint this at Chelsea
were ultimately thwarted by the unsuitability of the players at his
disposal, their resistance to change and the impatience of the owner.

It
is unlikely that the Blues would have won the Champions League if he
had stayed and attempted to push through the change but perhaps Spurs
will be more receptive. It will probably hinge on results.

Tottenham have only one more friendly –
at Valencia on Thursday – before the Barclays Premier League season
starts at Newcastle and Villas-Boas has plenty of work to focus on.

Remember me: Injury-hit Jermaine Jenas got some important minutes under his belt against Watford

Remember me: Injury-hit Jermaine Jenas got some important minutes under his belt against Watford

Spurs seemed disjointed as the first 45 mintues of Lloyd Doyley’s testimonial match idled by.

William Gallas headed over from Tom Carroll’s corner when he ought to have hit the target but that was about it. Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon were subdued but more influential after the break.

Watford are also in the midst of major
changes, with Gianfranco Zola coming in to replace Sean Dyche, who
finished in the top half of the Championship last season despite the
club’s severe financial limitations.

Zola,
back after two years out of management, told fans the club was entering
'a new era' but one of his new recruits, loan signing Daniel Pudil,
limped off after six minutes.

Villas-Boas
made four changes at half-time, sending on new signings Jan Vertonghen
and Gylfi Sigurdsson and Spurs started the second half with more
purpose.

Proving it: Jake Livermore continued to underline his value as a first-team member at Tottenham

Proving it: Jake Livermore continued to underline his value as a first-team member at Tottenham

Defoe grabbed his goal with a close range header after a strong run and cross from Kyle Walker, also on at the interval.

Watford responded well. Mark Yeates went closest to an equaliser after stealing possession from Younes Kaboul.

Yet Tottenham could have extended the lead. Manuel Almunia saved well from Bale and David Bentley but the Defoe goal proved enough to record a third win of pre-season.