Gold for James Guy in 400m Freestyle

Swimming News

James Guy retained his British title in the Men’s 400m Freestyle at the British Swimming Championships 2017 at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

The Millfield swimmer went out strong and led from the off. Although Stephen Milne and Max Litchfield gave it everything in the final 50m, they were unable to make up the ground.

While his time was not enough to meet the qualifying standard for the World Championships, Guy’s 3:44.74 put him within the consideration time.

Guy commented: “It’s great to get one under the belt tonight. The last year has been tough for me, but going 3:44.7 with the work I have been doing is a great start to the season.”

Perth’s Milne was second to the wall, claiming silver with 3:46.16. Sheffield’s Litchfield was third, just a fingertip behind second place. He touched in 3:46.20 for bronze.

Falkner swims PB for 200m Free gold

Ellie Faulkner set a new personal best time to claim the gold medal in the Women’s 200m Freestyle event.

The City of Sheffield swimmer was almost a second and a half faster than the rest of the field, touching in 1:57.88 for the win.

Faulkner commented: “I’m quite shocked [to get gold] to be honest, I’ve been training so hard. I wanted to break that 58 and I’ve been trying for the past few years, and I’m so happy to do that. I just need to keep moving forward now.”

Welsh swimmer Kathryn Greenslade looked as though she might challenge down the final 50m, picking up the pace at the final turn. However, Falkner didn’t show any signs of slowing and Greenslade took silver with 1:59.39. Jazz Carlin, who trains at NPC Bath claimed bronze in a time of 1:59.59.

View full results from day one of the British Swimming Championships 2017.