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James Guy hauls in the medals at FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai
ALL those training hours since a young age are now proving their worth for former Newman High School pupil James Guy.
The 17-year-old is leading the Great Britain swimming team’s charge with three medals at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai this week.
Silver successes in the 200m and 400m freestyle races have been topped off with a relay gold in record-breaking fashion tonight and they are capping off a wonderful summer for the Warrington Under 11s Sports Personality of 2007 winner.
Last month he made his senior international debut at the World Championships in Barcelona following on from clinching two European junior titles, on the back of claiming double bronze at the British Gas Championships.
Guy has married specialist swimming coaching with education at Millfield School in Somerset since leaving Warrington in 2008.
Back in 2007, the former Stockton Heath resident impressed Sports Personality judges with his dedication – the ex-Our Ladys pupil regularly waking up for training at 4.10am.
He was reaping early rewards, winning eight medals (six gold) in the National Age Group Championships that year.
Guy started swimming at the age of five, joining Swim Trafford when he lived in Altrincham and he had won more than 300 medals before leaving the town.
Tonight he won his best medal so far - gold at a world championships and broke records in the process.
After breaking the championship record in this morning’s heats, the British 4 x 200m freestyle relay quartet of Matthew Johnson (City of Sheffield), Max Litchfield (Doncaster Dartes), Caleb Hughes(Hatfield) and James Guy (Millfield) improved their time by more than four seconds in tonight’s final event to claim victory in 7mins 15.36secs.
After a solid start from Johnson, Litchfield took over to keep the Brits in the race before Caleb Hughes got the team back in front with anchorman Guy storming the final 100m to guarantee the gold.
“We’re all really pleased with that. We knew we needed to go faster than this morning,” said Guy.
“To drop four seconds and get a new championship record is a fantastic result.”
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