Guy picks up second medal at Junior World Champs
Tuesday 27th August 2013
James Guy picked up his second medal in two days, taking silver in the 200m Freestyle at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai.
Australia’s Mackenzie Horton swam to his second championship record to take the win in 1.47.55 with Guy just behind in 1.48.18, with Andrea D’Arrigo (Italy) in third in 1.48.28.
But despite collecting his second medal, the Millfield swimmer was disappointed not to go one better.
“I’m disappointed, I wanted gold in the 200m as it’s my best event,” said Guy. “I gave it everything but it wasn’t enough.
“It has been a long season but I’ve got a couple more races to go and I’m looking forward to them.”
Breaststroke specialist Sophie Taylor (City of Leeds) equalled the lifetime best she set in yesterday’s semi final to claim bronze in the 50m final in 31.38.
The race was won by World Champion Ruta Meilutyte in 29.86 with Viktoriya Solnceva taking silver (31.34)
“I’m really happy with that,” she said. “I messed up my finish so I think I could’ve gone faster but I’m pleased to have won a medal.”
City of Manchester’s Jessica Fullalove added a third medal for the Brits, with a bronze in the 100m Backstroke final.
Fullalove put in a huge effort in the final 50m to take the bronze in a time of 1.01.27.
“I'm ecstatic with a medal,” she said. “I would've liked a different colour and to have gone faster but I can't be on a downer with a bronze.”
Team mate Charlotte McKenzie (FIRST) finished in fifth place in a time of 1.01.56.
“It’s an alright time but I came here to PB and was 0.3 off my best,” said McKenzie. “I went faster in every round which I wanted to do but it wasn’t quick enough.”
Max Litchfield swam to his second lifetime best of the day to finish in sixth place in the 200m Individual Medley final, touching in 2.01.59.
“It was a PB, so I’ve got to be happy but I was hoping for better,” said the Doncaster Dartes swimmer.
“I went out hard in the first half and then struggled with the backend but that’s something I need to get used to doing and will work on.”
Mark Szaranek (Carnegie) finished in 10th place overall posting 2.04.12
Litchfield also swam to a lifetime best to finish in ninth place overall in the 200m Freestyle heats this morning, touching in 1.49.43.
Guildford City’s Emma Day finished seventh in the 200m Butterfly final, touching in 2.14.96.
In the debut final of the 4 x100m Mixed Medley Relay the British quartet of Fullalove, Taylor, Szaranek and Guy finished in fifth place, bettering their time from the heats to touch in
Double silver medallist Guy said: “It was definitely an experience, it was a hard day of back to back racing but it was a great race to do.”
The 100m Backstroke bronze medallist Fullalove said: “It was different. Racing boys was a new experience but it was a decent race.
“Three of us had already medalled but we all went in and gave it everything and did well considering. We can learn from that for the future.”
Finally Grace Vertigans (Plymouth Leander) has qualified her spot in tomorrow night’s 100m Freestyle, c locking 55.69, ranked seventh.
Graeme Antwhistle, Head Coach for the meet, said: “I thought the team performed really well tonight, winning three more medals.
“Every finalist swam hard and worked hard to out touch at the wall in the close finals which is a good skill to learn at a world level.
“We had more PBs today, which is great to see at a major meet and I'm really happy with how the team have started this meet.”
Team Leader, Mark Perry said: “It was another solid night of racing at this tough meet, where we've consolidated on yesterday’s great start.
“A silver and two bronzes is very encouraging for the tough days ahead and the team are in fantastic spirits.”