Swimming - Miley makes third final at European short course championships

Hannah Miley will contest her third final on day three of the European Short Course Championships in Chartres as she bids to add to her current medal haul of two silvers.

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Swimming - Miley makes third final at European short course championships
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Miley claimed 200m medley silver on day one before taking the same colour in the 800m freestyle 24 hours later and she could well add a third medal in as many days in France.Of the two events entered on the morning of day three, the 23-year-old finished second in her 400m freestyle heat in 4:04.81minutes good enough to rank sixth overall heading into the final.And Miley will be joined in the medal showdown by fellow Brit Aimee Willmott, who took bronze behind the Scot in the 800m freestyle on day two in Chartres.Willmott will do so ranked a place higher than Miley too after setting a new personal best of 4:04.35 to win her heat with Olympic champion Camille Muffat the quickest qualify in 4:01.00.Miley had earlier competed in the first event of the morning, the 50m backstroke, however it was Lauren Quigley who impressed to progress to the semi-finals in Chartres.Quigley, who finished seventh in the 100m backstroke, finished fifth overall in 27.66seconds while Miley set a personal best of 28.87 for 28th and Karley Mann ranked 41st.There were three other British success stories on the opening morning as first Marco Loughran booked his place in the 100m backstroke semi-finals as the sixth fastest in 52.22.Fellow Brits Calum Jarvis, Craig McNally and Joseph Patching were not so lucky and placed 24th, 31st and 34th respectively before Siobhan-Marie O'Connor advanced out of the 100m breaststroke heats.The 16-year-old clocked a new personal best of 1:08.06 to finish 11th overall and reach the semi-finals as British teammate Molly Renshaw was 27th in 1:10.42.Sophie Smith completed the Brits to make progress also finishing 11th overall this time in 100m butterfly heats and will now swim the semi-finals as well as the 100m medley final in the afternoon.Lucy Spencer could not join her after finishing 31st while in the 50m breaststroke Craig Benson was just outside the top 16 that progress from the heats to the semi-finals in 19th.Lewis Coleman was the highest placed Brit in the 100m medley heats in 23rd but it was not enough to advance with Patching 27th, Benson 31st and Antony James 33rd.Thomas Haffield swam the short course 200m butterfly event for the first time in 11 years and set a personal best of 2:03.13 but that only ranked him 30th.And Britain are still yet to get a relay team into a final in Chartres as the mixed 4x50m freestyle quartet of James, Jarvis, Smith and Quigley finished 12th in the heats.

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