Miley beats Olympic champion Ye to win gold and Lowe bags bronze at World Short-Course Championships
21:11 GMT, 12 December 2012
Hannah Miley held off Olympic champion Ye Shiwen to claim Great Britain's first gold medal of the World Short-Course Championships when she won the 400 metres individual medley in Istanbul.
Ye was at the centre of the biggest controversy in the pool at the 2012 Olympics as her freestyle leg en route to victory in the eight-length event almost defied belief.
In London the Chinese teenager was just three hundredths of a second slower over the final 100m than Ryan Lochte, winner of the men's race.
Indeed her last 50m was faster than four in the men's final, including Lochte and Thiago Pereira, the gold and silver medallists.
Earlier Jemma Lowe won Britain's first medal at the event by finishing third in the 200
Take that: Miley (left) held off a late rally from Chinese sensation Ye Shiwen
Miley, fifth in London, had qualified fastest into the final, but predicted it would be a different race come the final, claiming the Chinese teenager was 'playing' in the heats.
Fourth after the butterfly and backstroke legs, Miley then produced a superb breaststroke to turn first going into the freestyle, 2.04 seconds ahead of Ye.
However, as expected, Ye came back and on her final 25m of 28.14 secs, the only sub 29-second last length in the field, she reeled Miley in.
The Scot, though, was breathing to her right where she could see her rival, whom she held off by 0.19s to win in a new championship record of four minutes 23.14 seconds, the fastest ever in a textile suit, bettering her own mark from the European Championship last month.
Hanging on: Miley turned into the freestyle leg 2.04 seconds ahead of Ye and held on to win by 0.19 seconds
The 23-year-old 'was hanging on for dear life' and admitted the achievement had significance for both her and her father and coach Patrick, vindicating their approach after the Olympics.
Miley said: 'A lot of top athletes aren't here so for me I see it as an opportunity and any opportunity I see I try and take it.
'So for me I was aiming for it to be a confidence booster for both myself and my dad and what we are doing this season.
'Not only were we trying to chase placings, but also to do a really good time which I was really happy with.
'But the main thing is long-course (50m) swimming so I am really happy with what I've done, but for me I am not going to be happy with it until I can prove I can do it long course as well.
'Hindsight is a great thing and lots of people have cliches and I was genuinely was happy with that swim, but for me I probably wouldn't be the athlete I am standing here today doing those times if the Olympics hadn't have happened.'
Golden girl: Miley (centre) poses with her gold medal in Istanbul
Lowe secured Britain's first medal in Istanbul as she won bronze in the 200m butterfly.
The 22-year-old swam from lane one after qualifying seventh, meaning she had no idea of how the expected leaders were faring.
However, that had little bearing on the Swansea ITC swimmer who touched in two minutes 3.19 seconds. It was also a national record for Lowe, who lowered her own 2010 mark, the Briton leading after 150m before being overtaken by Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and 2012 Olympic champion Jiao Liuyang.
All smiles: Jemma Lowe (right) picked up the bronze in the 200m butterfly
Lowe said: 'I'm really pleased with that. I didn't know what to expect after this morning when I was in that slow heat by myself and I just scraped into the final.
'Because I have won a medal previously at world short course I was really determined to get up there, so I just gave it my very best tonight and I can't believe how it worked out.'
There was no such satisfaction for Michael Jamieson, the Olympic 200m breaststroke silver medallist.
The Glaswegian was thoroughly frustrated, despite setting a new personal best of 58.56s in the 100m breaststroke.
He said: 'It's the same old story on the 100 – I just can't keep up with the bigger guys.
Powerhouse: Lowe put in a solid performance to pick up Britain's first medals
'It's frustrating – it's the fastest I have ever been but I am getting to the stage with the 200m that if I am ever going to improve then my 100 needs to come down.'
That was in contrast to Georgia Davies, another Swansea ITC swimmer, who set a personal best of 57.41s to qualify third for the 100m backstroke final.
Lizzie Simmonds was 10th in 58.34s, although her focus is on the 200m since her move to Bath ITC.