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BRITISH GAS INTERNATIONAL MEET LIVE: Day one
Updated 8:16pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in Sport
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- Opening day of British Gas International Meet at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds
- First major competition of the year for British swimmers
- Swindon's Jazz Carlin smashes her PB by over a second to win 800m freestyle final, with Swindon-born Hannah Miley third
- Miley finishes a surprise second in the 200m individual medley final
- Swindon Dolphin youngster Craig Harris ninth in final of MC 100m back
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
That's it for today's liveblog. Join me tomorrow from 9am when a busy second day at the BGIM begins. Swindon duo Grant Turner and Tilly Gray open their campaigns tomorrow, while Miley and Harris are also in action.
Harris was ninth overall as he clocked 1:10.22. The Dolphin youngster will be back tomorrow for the MC 200m freestyle.
Harris was down in the lower placings based on points I believe.
The winner is Jonathan Fox in 1:11.14, with James Crisp (1:05.00) second and Jack Thomas (1;06.57) third.
And Harris is off.
Phew. Well, after that just one more race to come from a local perspective, which is Craig Harris in the MC 100m backstroke final.
An overcome Carlin gives an emotional interview and gets a great round of applause from the watching Leeds crowd.
Miley got third in the end in 8:34.63 with Faulkner second in 8:31.61. Carlin's PB beat her own Welsh record, incidentally.
She goes straight over to coach Bud McAllister for a hug.
Carlin is overcome with emotion. A tear in the eye.
And it's a personal best for the Swindon swimmer! She clocked 8:24.42 beating her old PB by over a second.
Carlin wins it!
Carlin is going to win this at a canter and she is looking quick.
There's 200m left and Carlin continues to increase her lead. She's 3.5 seconds ahead. Miley has now surged into third.
Cracking stuff from Jazz as she opens up a two-second advantage.
Miley is having a look at third now.
At the halfway mark Carlin is 1.4 seconds in front. Can she hold on? Miley is still in fourth.
Clear water now between Jazz and Faulkner. Over a second ahead.
The Swindon swimmer is looking extremely strong. All going well so far.
Jazz leads at 250m.
Faulkner still leads, just, at 150m. Four 10ths of a second in it. Miley fourth.
Carlin now in second.
Faulkner leads early on. Carlin fourth.
Jazz goes in lane seven, Miley in three.
Keri-Anne Payne is in there as well but the favourite is Ellie Faulkner.
We're moments away from the 800m free now with just a medal ceremony holding things up. It will be fascinating to see how Carlin gets on. Miley is back for more as well after her 200m IM final within the last hour.
Senior men's 200m back and then Jazz and Miley take the stage.
Pottering through the heats...
Miley is just getting her silver medal in the medal ceremony.
Finishing times in 200 IM were O'Connor 2:10.53, Miley 2:11.59 and Sophie Allen 2:13.33.
There are six finals to go before Miley and Swindon's Jazz Carlin take on the 800m freestyle fastest heat. How much has Miley got left after two races already today?
Miley has had the 200m IM all her own way for a number of years and O'Connor has really served notice of her intent there. A star of the future.
The 18-year-old O'Connor wins it in a personal best 2:10.53 with Miley in second. That is something of a shock.
O'Connor holding her own with 50m to go.
Miley fourth as she goes into the breaststroke.
O'Connor leads by a way at the halfway point.
Miley sixth at the 50m split.
And they're off.
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and Keri-Anne Payne also go.
Miley is out at the starting blocks for the 200m IM final. She's in lane five.
Just the women's junior 200m IM to come and then Miley will go for gold.
Wish I was in Leeds this week! Good luck to all the Swindon swimmers. Swindon adver doing a top job with the updates. #BGIM13 #swimadver— @jonaudis 07 March 2013
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A handful of finals to come up before that though...
Swindon-born British record holder Hannah Miley is coming up in the final of the 200m IM. She will be the big favourite to win. Don't read anything into her qualifying second-fastest this morning.
Here we go then...
THIS SERVICE WILL RESUME AT 5.45PM.
That wraps up our coverage from this morning's session. Join us from 5.45pm when we will be focusing on former Tigershark Jazz Carlin, Swindon-born Hannah Miley and Swindon Dolphin's S14 swimmer Craig Harris.
Harris was ninth overall based on the points system in heats. That means he makes the final this evening.
A time of 1:09.75 for Harris which is a personal best. Joseph Schenk and Fox were third in terms of times.
Jonathan Fox has won the event on points.
Harris touches the wall first, It's down to points now.
Harris is due off very soon in the 100m backstroke.
It's been confirmed that Harris was 14th overall in 100m free heats, while he was fourth-fastest of the S14 category swimmers. The youngster clocked 1:03.38 for 666 points.
Josef Craig wins it, Stefan Hoggan second, Matt Walker third, Sam Hynd fourth. Harris somewhere lower down the field. We'll get some definitive results as soon as possible.
Off we go.
And Harris is at the starting blocks...
The men's MC free heats have begun.
The youngster goes in heat three.
The MC races begin in a couple of minutes. After the women's 100m free, 14-year-old Harris is up in the men's equivalent.
Good luck to all competing at #BGIM13 especially those from Swindon #swimadver @SwindonDolphin #teamdolphin— @Jason_Tait 07 March 2013
Harris will race in the 100m free and 100m back with not a great deal of time in between.
A short break in Leeds before the multi-class races begin.
A swim-off in the men's 100m fly...
They are rattling through the heats in Leeds today and the second half of the morning should fly by. Don't forget Swindon Dolphin's disability swimmer Craig Harris goes in the 100m free and 100m back in this session.
Remember, it was only three years ago that Carlin beat double Olympic champion Adlington, albeit in the 400m free.
The 800m free will be a decent yardstick for Carlin to work out roughly where she is after the disappointment of 2012. World Short Course was useful but not quite the same as racing in a long course pool. Signs are she's inching closer to her best but only competition will provide her with the answer.
Also among the swimmers in heat five are Ellie Faulkner, Keri-Anne Payne and the Netherlands' Sharon Van Rouwendaal.
Carlin and Miley race alongside each other in heat five this evening. Carlin is in lane seven and Miley is in lane three.
The 800m free heats have just started, minus the retired Rebecca Adlington of course.
A reminder to get involved leaving your comments either below or using #swimadver on Twitter. Good luck messages, predictions, whatever you like. Go!
For now events in Leeds are focused on the 200m back. The 800m free heat which involves Carlin and Miley will follow tonight.
Later this morning Swindon Dolphin youngster Craig Harris will go in the MC 100m freestyle and the MC 100m backstroke.
Just for posterity, though, here are the three fastest qualifying times. O'Connor - 2:14.10, Miley - 2:15.35 and Lucy Spencer - 2:15.69.
It's fairly irrelevant that she was the second-fastest qualifier behind rising star Siobhan-Marie O'Connor. Tonight is the one that matters.
Just to put that time into perspective, Swindon-born Miley's personal best, which is also the British record, is 2:09.46. That's nearly six seconds quicker than her time in that heat so it's fair to say she only had her foot half on the pedal.
She touches the wall in 2:15.35 and makes tonight's final with ease.
Miley takes victory by just over a 10th of a second.
She has hit the front midway through the race.
Miley is off in heat five. She is in lane one, which is never great but it won't make a mite of difference to the Scot in this race.
Good luck to Swindon swimmers at #BGIM13. Working hard at @SwindonDolphin Learn to Swim preparing for #BGIM25. Will #swimadver be there?!— @AnthonyClark200 07 March 2013
The 200m IM might not be Miley's favoured event but she's still the British record holder and will be a big favourite to take gold this evening. Then her stronger suit, the 400m IM, comes tomorrow. In total she is tackling eight events in Leeds. That's a fair amount by anyone's standards.
Lucy McKenzie (Cockermouth) has just won heat two. The fastest eight swimmers will qualify for tonight's final, which will take place at around 6pm. Finishing positions in heats are immaterial.
The 200m IM heats have just started. Swindon-born Miley up in heat five don't forget.
Jazz had some interesting things to say about 2012 and the year ahead when I met up with her recently. Not making the Olympics last summer was a massive disappointment but she was positive about 2013 given how her training was going and her results at the World Short Course Championships in December. Read the full interview by visiting our brand new 'Swimming' section.
Lots of Wiltshire interest at #BGIM13 today. Good luck to Steph, Aaron, Jazz and Grant. #swimadver #fastswimming— @SwindonDolphin 07 March 2013
The women's 100m free heats have just begun. After the men's 50m breaststroke heats, Miley will go in the 200m IM. She's in heat five.
If you haven't seen today's BGIM previews, I suggest you give them a look. You can of course read them online, but it's worth getting a copy of the paper purely for the design of the Adver's deputy sports editor, Craig Lyus. It's a whole spread and looks excellent. We've also included a convenient locally-orientated schedule for you so that you can keep an eye on all the action in Leeds.
@Tilly_Gray91 good luck Til! Swim fast!!!! :-)— @CharlotteGardo 06 March 2013
You can have your say on the British Gas International Meet from a local perspective by leaving your comments below or by using #swimadver on Twitter. The best comments will be reproduced in this liveblog. Maybe you would like to kick off by telling us who your tips for medals are this week? Any good luck messages for the likes of Jazz, Grant Turner and Tilly Gray?
I hope you are enjoying our new 'Swimming' section on the Adver website. We felt that with three international-class swimmers and a number of strong clubs, it was about time. Now we just need plenty to put in it. Swindon Tigersharks, Swindon Dolphin and Swindon ASC, please keep us updated!
There are heats of three events set to go ahead before Miley gets her campaign underway in the 200m IM. Short of some sort of tidal wave in her lane, she will qualify for tonight's final without a problem.
It's starts getting seriously busy tomorrow when more Swindonians in the form of Olympian Grant Turner and ASA Nationals champion Tilly Gray get involved.
Welcome to the opening day of the British Gas International Meet at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds. It's a relatively quiet start with only Swindon's double Commonwealth medallist Jazz Carlin and Swindon-born world silver medallist Hannah Miley in action today. Swindon Dolphin swimmer Craig Harris also goes in a couple of MC races.