Swimmer Profile - James Guy – LEN


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Swimmer Profile – James Guy

James Guy goes into the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships looking to complete the set.

Guy has medals from the World Championships in both long and short course, the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships in long course.

But Guy is yet to notch a European Championships short course medal, which he’ll be hoping to change in Glasgow.

Glasgow is a city that Guy has history in, having kick-started his career with two medals in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, including a gold in the 4x100m medley.

And the butterfly and freestyle swimmer returned to Glasgow for last year’s European Championships, where he contributed to three gold medals: the 4x200m freestyle relay, the 4×100 medley relay and the 4×100 mixed medley relay.

Guy won plenty of medals between those two events, including the headline two Olympic silver medals in Rio 2016, in the 4×200 freestyle and the 4×100 medley.

And the 23-year-old was able to notch another medal before the end of 2014, his only previous short course success, as he secured a silver medal in the 400m freestyle at the World Championships in Doha.

At the time he said: “It’s my first major short course and I’ve medalled, so I’m over the moon.”

That swim remains the British record in that event, something that Guy may look at change in Glasgow.

Guy’s career exploded at the 2015 World Championships, where he won gold in the 200m freestyle, the 4x200m freestyle and silver in the 400m freestyle.

The Olympic medallist went on to win the 4x200m freestyle again in Budapest in 2017 as part of three medals in that competition and helped himself to five medals including four silver at the following year’s Commonwealth Games.

Guy is expected to contribute again to Britain’s relay teams in Glasgow, with members of the 4x100m medley team that won gold in the World Championships in Gwangju earlier this year.

Luke Greenbank, James Wilby and Duncan Scott will be in Glasgow alongside Guy, although Adam Peaty will not be present.

And having not competed in the short course European Championships before, there’s every chance that Guy will be able to add a new medal to his already glittering roster.

At the last LEN European Short Course Championships, held in 2017 in Copenhagen, Britain failed to medal in the 100m and 200m butterfly and Guy’s contributions to the team would be appreciated.

Britain will be hoping Guy can deliver in Glasgow.

Social Media Handles

Twitter – @Jimbob95goon

Instagram – james.g.guy

Short Course Personal Bests

200m Freestyle – 1:42.22 (2016, British record)

400m Freestyle – 3:36.35 (2014, British record)

100m Butterfly – 50.66 (2018)

200m Butterfly – 1:55.08 (2018)

Fun Fact

Guy is a big Manchester City fan, having been brought up around Trafford in Manchester.