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Guy swims to silver on opening night of World Champs

26 August 2013

James Guy won the first medal for the British Gas GBR Swimming team on the opening night of the FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai taking silver in the 400m Freestyle.

Guy, who finished fifth at the recent senior World Championships, faced a strong challenge from in-form Mackenzie Horton (Aus) who broke the Championship Record the second time to take the win in 3.47.12.

Millfield’s Guy led for the first 300m before being overtaken by Horton. He fought off a strong final 100m attack from Jan Micka (Czech Republic) and out touched him for silver in a time of 3.48.05, with Micka in 3.48.32.

“It was a tough race,” he said. “It’s been a long season this year, coming off the back of the Worlds and the European Juniors.

“It was a hard swim, but I’m pleased with it. I’ve got the 200m Free tomorrow so hopefully I can come back with a bit of vengeance.”

Matthew Johnson (City of Sheffield) finished in 22nd place overall with a time of 3.57.96

Jessica Fullalove (City of Manchester) is safely through to the final of the 100m Backstroke after finishing second in her semi final in a time of 1.01.40.

She said: “That was better than this morning. I wanted to go faster but the aim was to make the final. I’ve done that so I’ll just go for it tomorrow.”

Joining her is Charlotte McKenzie of FIRST, who touched in 1.01.78, ranked sixth.

“That was alright but I hope to go faster tomorrow,” said McKenzie.

City of Leeds swimmer Sophie Taylor swam a lifetime best to qualify third fastest into tomorrow night’s final of the 50m Breaststroke.

Taylor finished second in her semi final behind World Record holder Ruta Meilutyte and touched in 31.38.

“I’m really pleased with that swim. It was a PB and over a second faster than I swam this morning.

“Now I’m up there, I want to be in the mix for a medal.”

Georgina Evans (City of Liverpool) finished in 12th place after posting 32.48

Finally, Amber Keegan (Nova Centurion) finished in 18th place in the 400m Individual Medley, touching in 4:59.01.

Graeme Antwhistle, Head Coach for the meet said: “It’s been a solid start. We’ve had a good medal from James (Guy) in the 400m Freestyle so he can keep the ball rolling and enjoy the meet now.

“We’ve had swimmers progress through from semis tonight to finals tomorrow so its a nice start for the team and encouraging for the week ahead.

“The PBs are great after the long season these guys have had, swimming at European Juniors and then the Nationals so they have followed the right processes to get here and swim fast.”

Team Leader Mark Perry said: “We got off to a great start of what is going to be a tough six days of racing.  It is clear that the rest of the world is taking this meet very seriously.

“We’ve had a good first night and it’s great to finish the first night already on the medal table.”

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