Tough training block can’t stop James Guy equalling PB at Japan Open swimming champs in Tokyo

19 May 2017

University of Bath-based swimmer James Guy continued his preparations for this summer’s World Championships by equalling his 200m butterfly personal best at the Japan Open in Tokyo, the 2020 Olympic Host City.

The Rio 2016 Olympic medallist, coached by Jol Finck and Dave McNulty at the British Swimming National Centre Bath, won bronze in 1:55.91 – despite still being in heavy training after an intense nine-day block at a preparation camp in Thailand.

“That was a massive surprise for me,” said Guy, a reigning World Champion in freestyle who moved his training base to the London 2012 Legacy Pool in January.

“My heat was pretty fast and then tonight I equalled my PB so that was pretty good. That was the same time I did at trials and that was fully rested and tapered so this is a good sign.

“It’s all about practising processes here. Each event is so stacked and it shows you have to work hard to make the finals.”

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