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Guy seals gold on final day of European Juniors

14 July 2013

James Guy struck 200m Freestyle gold as the British Gas GBR Swimming Team landed four medals on the final day of the 2013 European Junior Swimming Championships in Poznan, Poland.

As well as Guy's triumph, Matthew Johnson won his third medal of the Championships with 400m Individual Medley silver while Emma Day (200m Individual Medley) and Kathleen Dawson (100m Backstroke) each won their second medals of the week.

"I’m really happy to come away with relay and individual golds here and its great preparation for Barcelona," - European Junior champion James GuyGuy, who will compete in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay on his World Championships debut in Barcelona later this month, battled hard to the finish and kept Russia’s Alexander Krasnykh off the top of spot in a time of 1:48.45.

“I’m really pleased to get the gold tonight,” said the Millfield swimmer.

“I knew the guy in lane three would go out fast so the plan was to try and go out with him and bring it home.

“I stuck to my race tactics and came back strongly like I wanted to; I’m really happy to come away with a relay and an individual gold here and its great preparation for Barcelona.”

In his second final of the night, Doncaster Dartes swimmer Max Litchfield gave a solid performance, bettering his time from last night to finish in 1:52.17 for ninth place.

"Even though I didn’t manage to get the gold that’s probably one of the best swims I’ve done this week," - European Junior silver medallist Matthew JohnsonThe medals kept coming on the final day in Poznan, with Matthew Johnson capitalising on his earlier success by securing his second silver of competition in the Boys’ 400m Individual Medley.

The City of Sheffield swimmer fearlessly took the race out from the start, fighting head-to-head against the new European Junior Record holder Semen Makovic (4:14.65) touching just behind in 4.17.47.

“Even though I didn’t manage to get the gold that’s probably one of the best swims I’ve done this week,” said the 18-year old, who also won 200m Butterfly gold and 400m Freestyle silver in Poland.

“I gave it everything; it’s been a tough week of racing and on the whole I’m pretty happy with my performances.

“Hopefully I will be selected for the World Junior Championships next month so my aim is to try and post a 4:14 out there and get the gold.”

In his first final of the night, Litchfield put in a gutsy performance to swim a second faster than his heat time and claim seventh place in 4.23.45.

With the taste for silverware clearly spreading across the British camp, Guildford swimmer Emma Day took to the pool in the Girls’ 200m Individual Medley.

Touching just 0.04 seconds behind Hungary’s Dalma Sebestyen, Day - who won 200m Butterfly silver on day three in Poland - knocked a further 0.8 seconds off the lifetime best she set in the heats, clocking 2:16.14 for a well-deserved silver medal.

Ealing’s Erin Nabney touched just 0.19 seconds outside her PB from the semi-finals in 2:18.55 for seventh place.

Having landed 50m Backstroke silver earlier in the meet, Kathleen Dawson added a second medal to her collection, racing to a podium finish in the Girls’ 100m Backstroke.

Dawson, who posted a new lifetime best in the semi-final last night, proved she can step it up when it counts, coming home in a time of 1.02.21.

City of Leicester swimmer Harriet Cooper touched just outside the podium positions in 1.02.96, placing her fourth in the final.

Britain sealed sixth place in the Boys’ 4x100 Medley relay of Nathan Theodoris (56.72), Harry Ackland (1:04.32), Mark Szaranek (54.23) and Jack Smith (50.39), touching ahead of Spain in a time of 3.45.65.

Finally, Britain’s Mark Szaranek posted a time of 55.46 to claim tenth place amongst a very strong line-up for the final of the Boys’ 100m Butterfly.

2013 European Junior Team Leader, Mark Perry said: “Tonight has been a great conclusion to what has been an excellent meet for the British Gas GBR Swimming Team.

“We have finished second in the medal table against some exceptionally strong nations, despite bringing a much smaller team with us this year. Almost every swimmer has produced personal best times and there have been some really stand-out performances.

“We fought hard for every position and everyone here should be extremely proud of what they’ve achieved.”

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