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Annabel Guye-Johnson wins 200m Breaststroke bronze at World Juniors

Annabel Guye-Johnson won 200m Breaststroke bronze on the final day of the 2017 World Junior Championships in Indianapolis, USA.

The RTW Monson swimmer took her PB down to 2:27.42 to touch third in a thrilling final.

Ireland’s Mona McSharry had lead the race out through the opening 100m, with Guye-Johnson trailing in sixth.

But the English swimmer’s back end speed saw her carve a trail through the field in the second half of the race.

Zoe Bartel (2:25.68) and Ella Nelson (2:27.04) sealed an American 1-2, but Guye-Johnson was next best, coming home just 0.25 seconds ahead of McSharry.

The 17-year old split 33.57, 37.85, 37.91 and 38.09, slicing nearly three seconds off her PB 2:30.06 from the heats. The time also moved her to fourth in the historic British 17 Yrs rankings.

City of Sheffield’s Amy Bell also produced a lifetime best in the final, touching fifth in 2:28.40.

Guye-Johnson was back in action for the final event of the day as GB’s 4x100m Medley Relay finished fourth.

The quartet of Cassie Wild, Guye-Johnson, Emily Large and Freya Anderson touched in 4:01.30 in the final. While they were comfortably clear of fifth place, the Brits couldn’t quite reel in bronze medallists Japan, who finished on 3:59.97.

Emily Large desperately close to second medal

Large also competed in an individual final on the last day in Indiana, finishing fourth in the 100m Butterfly.

The Newcastle swimmer, who won 200m Fly gold earlier in the week, was an agonising 0.02 seconds away from her second medal of the Championships.

Large clocked a PB 58.62 in the final, becoming the second fastest British 16-year old of all time behind Ellen Gandy’s national age group record 58.49 from 2008.

But the effort fell desperately short of a podium place as Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa – silver medallist behind Large in the 200m Fly – came from fifth at the turn to claim bronze in 58.60.

Jacob Peters sets second national age group record

Poole‘s Jacob Peters set his second British age group record of the week as he finished seventh in the 200m Butterfly.

In one of the tightest finishes to a 200m race of the week, Peters was within a second of bronze, despite finishing four places down the field.

The 17-year old stopped the clock on 1:58.40, beating Matthew Johnson’s old British age group marker of 1:58.50 from the 2012 European Junior Championships.

Millfield‘s Brodie Williams also broke two minutes for the first time, although his effort came in the 200m Backstroke final.

Williams touched in a PB 1:59.68 to finish sixth, while City of Sheffield‘s Elliot Clogg equalled his PB with a 2:00.41 effort for eighth.

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