Friday, July 26, 2019

British Record for Scott as relay boys finish fifth

The final race of the night, the Men’s 4x200m freestyle, at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju had the crowd in the venue and those watching online on the edge of their seats.

A British quartet of Callum Jarvis, Tom Dean, Cameron Kurle and Max Litchfield had seen GBR secure a place in the final with a solid heat swim, with Dean and Jarvis joining force with Duncan Scott and James Guy for what was to be a thrilling final.

It was Scott who led the GBR charge, putting in a blistering opening 200m leg of 1:44.91, a new British Record. Scott handed over to Jarvis and then onto Dean, with James Guy on the anchor.

Guy, who had already raced in the semi-final of the 100m butterfly, showed no sign of tiredness and was as reliable as always, keeping GBR in medal contention right down to the wire. Australia were the outright winners but the remainder of the placed couldn’t be called until the teams hit the wall.

With only 0.23 separating silver from fifth place, GBR were touched out of the medals, finishing fifth in 7.02.04, just outside the British record.

Duncan Scott said of his performance,

“I’m delighted with my leg but at the end of the day I’m just part of the team and everybody was doing their individual legs and I don’t think anyone had a bad swim. At the end of the day we swam very fast, it’s just that was a very fast race. It was a really solid effort and we’ve got to walk away proud.”

James Guy added,

“I thought it would be a tough race tonight as a lot countries have stepped up this year. It’s faster than we went in Budapest so it was just a very, very fast race to be fair. That being said we’d rather come fifth here than at the Olympics next year.”

You can catch all the racing live on FINA TV.

All results from the World Championships can be found HERE.

Highlights will be shown on the BBC Two as follows:
15.45 – 17.15: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
15:00 – 16:00: Saturday
15.30 – 17.00: Sunday

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