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Guy puts in hard graft to secure silver medal

By Robert Jones

Published 03/08/2015

James Guy on the podium after winning a silver in the men's 400m freestyle swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships
James Guy on the podium after winning a silver in the men's 400m freestyle swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships

James Guy claimed the first World medal of his career as he opened Great Britain's account at the Kazan 2015 World Championships by taking silver in the 400m men's freestyle.

The 20-year-old also set a new British record as he finished just behind China's Olympic champion Sun Yang with a time of three minutes 43.75 seconds.

Guy who qualified second-fastest for the final, had gone off in front from the start and only Sun could keep up, before pulling ahead and taking the gold.

"Everyone wants to win obviously, but I can't be happier to win a medal at the World Championships - I'm over the moon with that one," said Guy.

"I tried to race that from the start and back-end it. Sun Yang is a distance swimmer so he has more endurance than I do so my best chance was to go out hard and try and hold on.

"It was stroke for stroke and that's what it will be like next year as well, maybe with a couple more guys in there - so that will be the big one.

"I was a bit more nervous than usual. It was like a final crowd out there. I did a lot of work on that front end to keep it as relaxed as possible. I'm kind of excited."

Great Britain will be hopeful of more medal success today as a quintet of swimmers made it into their respective finals.

World record holder Adam Peaty eased into the 100m breaststroke final, as did Ross Murdoch, whilst Ben Proud was second in his semi-final to make it into the 50m butterfly medal race.

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor was untouchable in the 200m individual medley semi-final and there will be a second Brit in that final as Hannah Miley also qualified.

Jazz Carlin just missed out on a medal when she came fourth in the women's 400m freestyle race.

"I really gave it my best shot," she said.

"That was my best today and to come fourth is really disappointing."

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