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James Guy shows class to take 200m Free title in Indiana

James Guy showed his class to take 200m Freestyle gold on day two of the Arena Pro Swim Series 2017 in Indianapolis.

The Millfield swimmer, who is world champion over 200m Free, had eased into the final as sixth fastest, booking lane seven with a 1:49.33 effort.

But the 21-year old took a keen hold of the final, leading at all three turns.

He eventually came home in 1:47.11, holding off the attentions of British teammates Duncan Scott (1:47.29) and Stephen Milne (1:48.31) in the middle two lanes.

City of Sheffield’s Nick Grainger was seventh in the same race, clocking 1:49.81. Meanwhile Loughborough University’s Timothy Shuttleworth won the ‘B’ final in 1:50.03.

Wood and Litchfield reach 400m IM podium

English swimmers Abbie Wood and Max Litchfield also won medals on the middle day in Indiana.

Loughborough swimmer Wood took the notable scalp of former Olympic champion Ye Shiwen as she won silver in the women’s event.

Scotland’s Commonwealth champion Hannah Miley took the touch in 4:40.22 but 19-year old Wood set a PB 4:40.38 for silver.

Wood’s previous best was a 4:41.97 effort to win the European Games title in 2015.

City of Sheffield’s Rosie Rudin was fifth in the same race in 4:46.13. Newcastle’s Emily Large was also involved, placing sixth in 4:52.16.

Meanwhile, Amy Bell was second in the B final, lowering her PB to 4:51.64 in the process.

Litchfield’s medal also came in the 400m IM as he collected bronze.

The Sheffield swimmer finished fourth in the 400m IM on his Olympic debut before winning World Short Course silver last December.

And he continued to impress with a season’s best 4:15.84 to finish behind Japan’s Daiya Seto (4:10.22) and USA’s Josh Prenot (4:14.74).

Litchfield’s younger brother Joe was fourth in 4:25.87 while Loughborough’s Nathan Hughes won the ‘B’ final in 4:30.07.

Jessica Fullalove, Georgia Hohmann and Luke Greenbank were the other English ‘A’ finalists on the day.

Greenbank clocked 1:59.73 to place fifth in the men’s 200m Back, while Fullalove and Hohmann were fourth and sixth in the women’s equivalent.

Fullalove clocked the second fastest time of her career and was just 0.03 seconds off the podium in 2:10.44. Her PB is a 2:10.01 effort from the 2015 British Championships.

After qualifying eighth fastest for the final, Hohmann clocked 2:13.25 to improve two places.

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