London 2012 Olympics: Inverurie rallies behind Hannah Miley
Supporters of Scottish swimmer Hannah Miley in the town where she trains have shared her disappointment in failing to win a medal in the 400m individual medley.
But they pledged to get behind her again when she makes another bid for Olympic glory in the Aquatics Centre today in the 200m individual medley.
Miley trains at the Garioch Amateur Swimming Club in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, where her father, Patrick, is head coach. About 50 supporters gathered at Hopeville Social Club to cheer her on Saturday night.
Club secretary Mandi Crawford said: “I thought she did really well. I’m really proud of her. Obviously, I am as disappointed that she didn’t win a medal as she is, but we’re just really proud that she’s managed to first of all get to the Olympics, then make the final, and then swim as well as she did.
“We knew it was going to be tough, so we are really pleased that she has come in fifth.”
In response to Miley’s post-performance apologies to those who had “high expectations” of her, Ms Crawford said: “It makes you feel sorry for her that she thinks other people would be disappointed in her.
“There is no way that people will be disappointed, because she has done so well.”
Club vice-president Dave Adams said: “She was outstanding. I stand with Patrick every Sunday morning when she’s doing her training, and its absolutely excellent to see that accumulate to fifth position, especially on home territory.”
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