Guy closes in on golden double in Glasgow

11th April 2014

James Guy closed in on a golden double as he led 200m Freestyle qualifiers on the second day of the 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

The 18-year old Millfield swimmer, who set a British record to win the 400m Free title on the opening night at Tollcross, cruised through his heat to book lane four for tonight’s final in 1:48.64.

City of Sheffield’s Nick Grainger, who won silver behind Guy in the 400m Free, set a personal best 1:48.81 to qualify second fastest while University of Stirling’s Joshua Walsh was third through in 1:49.25.

Scottish champion Lewis Smith led the way into the 400m Individual Medley final, winning his heat in 4:19.92 ahead of City of Sheffield's Max Litchfield, who clocked a personal best 4:20.33.

Defending champion Roberto Pavoni clocked 4:21.28 to win his heat and progress third fastest overall.

Steph Slater led the three qualifiers in the women's Para-Swimming S8 100m Freestyle, securing an English nomination standard for the Commonwealth Games in the process.

The IPC World Championships silver medallist lowered her PB by more than three seconds to clock 1:07.33 and touch ahead of Susie Rodgers (S7) in 1:12.39 and Keira Shepherd (S8) in a personal best 1:15.17.

City of Derby’s Adam Peaty backed up his 200m Breaststroke silver with the fastest 100m Breaststroke heat swim, leading semi-final qualifiers in 1:00.03.

University of Stirling’s defending champion Ross Murdoch was second through in 1:01.15 while Michael Jamieson was sixth fastest in 1:02.36.

Murdoch’s Stirling teammate Sian Harkin lowered her PB to 25.38 as she led the way into the 50m Freestyle semi-finals ahead of defending champion Francesca Halsall (25.45) and her British Gas GBR National Sprint Squad teammate Amy Smith (25.49).

Another of James Gibson’s National Sprint Squad charges, Georgia Davies, led the way in the women’s 100m Backstroke heats, leading the way in 1:00.85.

Stockport Metro’s defending champion Lauren Quigley was second through in 1:00.86 while Bath University’s Lizzie Simmonds was third fastest into the semi-finals in 1:00.99.