Commonwealth Games 2018: Hannah Miley pipped to gold in 400m medley
Miley had to settle for the silver after a thrilling duel with the Englishwoman, who trains in Stirling. with Australia’s Blair Evans taking bronze.
The GB team-mates went head-to-head from the start and it was soon evident that the racefor gold was a two-woman race.
Willmott, 25, made the decisive move at the final turn, and despite a brave effort, Miley finished 0.26secs behind the new champion who won in four minutes 34.90 seconds.
Miley, 28, had won this event at Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014 and said after the race: “I gave it my all and I was so close to winning.
“It’s my third games on the podium in the same event at the age of 28, there are not many my age still swimming the 400 IM.”
Middlesbrough swimmer Willmott, silver medallist behind Miley four years ago, cited her move to Scotland as a catalyst to the victory.
said: “I finish second pretty much every time, and I have raced against Hannah so many times and last time (at Glasgow 2014) I was second.
“I knew this time I could have it in me if I just swam the race a little bit better.
“It was just believing in myself. Since moving to Stirling, (coach) Steve Tigg has been reinforcing that and it’s been so nice to move there and get the enjoyment back.”