British swimmer Hannah Miley has played down her chances of qualifying for this year’s World Championships after she placed third in the 400 metres at the British Championships in Glasgow.
Miley, 29, had ankle surgery in December. She won 400-metre gold at the 2012 World Championships in Istanbul and has two Commonwealth golds, but she told BBC Sport this summer’s showcases in Gwangju, South Korea, is a hope too far:
“I’m not trying to aim for the worlds, because I know that’s one step too far for me this time. I’m not in peak condition and I just want to progress each time I race and keep moving it that little bit forward and hopefully I’ll be pain free by the end of the year.”
Only the first-place finishers at the British Championships will have a chance to stake their claim on a World Championship spot, with Adam Peaty and Aimee Wilmott among Wednesday’s winners.