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Miley moves into semi-finals

Hannah Miley moved into the semi-finals of the 100 metres individual medley at the World Short-Course Championships in Istanbul on Thursday.

The race consists of four lengths - one of each stroke - of a 25m pool and is therefore only contested in a short-course format.

The 23-year-old won the 400m individual medley on Wednesday night at the Sinan Erdem Dome when she saw off the challenge of Olympic champion Ye Shiwen.

But there was little rest for the Garioch swimmer, who is known for her punishing schedule, her appearance in Turkey coming weeks after winning a gold and two silvers at the European equivalent in France.

Her time of one minute 1.19 seconds saw her progress in 15th for the semis and she said: "It was good - 1:01.1, that's fine for me in the morning. It was just to keep me swimming because I have got to swim again tonight."

Miley, a double individual medley finalist in London, was not due to swim the four-length event, but replaced Fran Halsall when the Loughborough swimmer withdrew.

It means the Scot will now compete in seven events and she said: "I was given the chance to race it so I thought why not?

"I am one for not missing out on opportunities."

However, it was team-mate Sophie Allen who was fastest through, the Stockport ITC swimmer touching in 59.20secs.

The 20-year-old was desperately disappointed at the Olympics when she was three seconds down on the time she had set at the British trials in March in the 200m individual medley and finished 21st.

But she learned lessons from the experience, identifying the need to produce her best swims in the morning heats.

She said: "It was a PB in the morning which is something I have been working on since Olympics because that is where it all went wrong for me, so I am really happy with that."

Of London she added: "It was always going to be a learning curve for me, it was my first senior team.

"Obviously the Olympics is a big thing and the fact it was a home Olympics made it even bigger.

"It didn't go to plan and I guess you learn more when things don't go to plan so I'll make sure it doesn't happen again."

A familiar name was second-fastest through. Ruta Meilutyte came to prominence in the summer, the Plymouth-based swimmer claiming the 100m breaststroke crown for Lithuania.

Today she went through in the medley and 100m freestyle, underlining her sprinting prowess.

Rebecca Turner was 25th in the 100m freestyle, in which she was the sole Briton after Halsall withdrew earlier this week to concentrate on the 50m and the relays.

Neither will there be any British representation in the men's 400m individual medley, although both Rob Pavoni and Matthew Johnson swam new personal bests.

World finalist Pavoni was 14th in 4:11.17, four places ahead of 17-year-old Johnson, the highly-regarded City of Sheffield swimmer.

Johnson is the European junior champion in this event and today lowered his best by 2.78s to 4:13.75.

The men's 4x200m freestyle relay did go through, Ieuan Lloyd leading off with a new Welsh record of 1:45.26 as they qualified seventh in 7:06.50.