Hannah Miley returns to Sinan Erdem Dome after holding off Ye Shiwen
Last Updated: 13/12/12 9:18am
Hannah Miley: With her gold medal in Istanbul
Hannah Miley is due to return to the Sinan Erdem Dome on Thursday after holding off controversial Olympic champion Ye Shiwen to win the 400 metres individual medley at the World Short-Course Championships in Istanbul.
The Garioch swimmer won Great Britain's first gold of the five-day event whilst Jemma Lowe secured bronze in the 200m butterfly.
On Wednesday night, fourth after the butterfly and backstroke legs, Miley then produced a fabulous breaststroke to turn first going into the freestyle, 2.04secs ahead of Ye.
However, as expected, Ye clawed her way back and on her final 25m of 28.14 seconds - the only sub 29-second last length in the field - she reeled Miley in.
"So for me I was aiming for it to be a confidence booster for both myself and my dad and what we are doing this season."
Despite this though, the Scot held off her rival by 0.19secs to win in a new championship record of four minutes 23.14 seconds. This was the fastest ever in a textile suit and bettered her own mark from the European titles last month.
The 23-year-old "was hanging on for dear life" and admitted that the achievement had significance for both her and her father and coach Patrick, justifying their approach after fifth place at the Olympics.
Miley said: "A lot of top athletes aren't here so for me I see it as an opportunity, and any opportunity I see I try and take it.
"So for me I was aiming for it to be a confidence booster for both myself and my dad and what we are doing this season.
"Not only were we trying to chase placings but also to do a really good time which I was really happy with.
"But the main thing is long-course (50m) swimming, so I am really happy with what I've done but for me I am not going to be happy with it until I can prove I can do it long-course as well."
She will return for the 800m freestyle on Thursday.