James Guy Continues Swift In-Season Swimming With 1:56 200 Fly


On top of Adam Peaty‘s menacing 58.13 100m breaststroke win and Duncan Scott‘s lifetime best and Scottish national record of 22.21 in the men’s 50m free, there were several other notable performances which took place on night 2 of this 2020 Edinburgh International Swim Meet.

For starters, James Guy threw down a solid outing in the men’s 200m fly to follow-up his 200m free silver medal from last night.

Guy punched a morning swim of 2:00.82 to loosen up his body in the heats before firing off a quick 1:56.62 to top the podium in tonight’s 200m fly final in the only sub-2:00 time of the field.

Splitting 55.49/1:01.13, 24-year-old Guy broke the 4-year-old Edinburgh International meet mark of 1:57.64 Viktor Bromer had produced in 2016.

Guy is Great Britain’s 3rd fastest performer all-time in this 200m fly event, owning a lifetime best of 1:55.91 established at the 2017 British Swimming Championships. He posted a time of 1:56.16 at the 2018 European Championships and was 1:56.51 at the 2019 British Swimming Championships, so tonight’s 1:56.62 represents an in-season best, his 2nd of the meet after his 1:46.79 200m free.

Kathleen Dawson of the University of Stirling clocked a new meet record en route to claiming 50m back gold. She touched in 28.07 over teammate Cassie Wild and her runner-up time of 28.41. The pair finished in the same 1-2 order in the women’s 100m back last night, with Dawson posting a mark of 59.74 to record the 2nd fastest time of her career.

Hitting a personal best in the women’s 100m fly for gold this evening was Harriet West, with the Loughborough swimmer acing a time of 58.65. That cleared a stacked field, which included Charlotte Atkinson and last night’s 200m fly powerhouse Laura Stephens. They finished with the silver and bronze in this shorter event in times of 59.14 and 59.38, respectively.

Additional Winners:

  • Daniel Jervis took the men’s 800m free by over 8 seconds, hitting a time of 7:51.26.
  • Freya Anderson, who logged a lifetime best in the 50m free for gold last night, followed up with a strong 1:58.04 meet record in the women’s 200m free.
  • Millfield’s Brodie Williams got it done for gold in the men’s 400m IM, touching in 4:18.77 over Mark Szaranek‘s time of 4:21.19.
  • Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Aimee Willmott collected a time of 4:37.54 to win the women’s 400m IM.
  • The women’s 50m breast saw Sarah Vasey get to the wall first in a tie of 31.12.

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1 year ago

Another good night. Peaty & Wilby were brilliant, Scott showing all the right signs for his 100 and I think we can now safely say James Guy is back. Still a bit worried about SMOC, hoping for the best. As I suspected yesterday, Anderson looked relaxed and used her 200 to stroke out – Nice to see Coates getting back; Best time since she went 1.58 as a 16yo to make Rio. More women under 2.00 in that race alone than at British Champs last year.

Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

A little disappointed not to see James doing the 100 free tomorrow – think he could have broken his PB and put himself a step closer to a place on the 400 free relay.

Reply to  Jeff
1 year ago

I think his name is already well and truly on the list after his 47 splits last summer. Would be nice to see him swim a few rested 100s though.

Andy Guy
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

He’s got it in the bank 100 fly tomorrow

Thomas Selig
1 year ago

Some really good swims in there.

Peaty taking a look at Kamminga’s recent efforts and going “alright, that’s close enough”. Tokyo could see all the medalists going faster than anyone not called Peaty has ever gone before, with Peaty still winning by a second and a half, which is quite ridiculous when you think of it.

Guy has looked really good this season so far. Really hope the change of coaching set-up has worked for him after a tough couple of years.

Great to also see Coates getting back to her best. Has had a rough time of it since 2016, but good signs this year. Actually had the fastest back half of the whole field here. As Dee says,… Read more »

Thomas Selig
1 year ago

Peaty with a 26.8 in the 50 this morning. Also Scott 48.8 (100 free), Guy 51.8 (100 fly), Anderson 54.4 (100 free).

Dean was 3.56 in the 400 free, but 1.52 at the 200. Didn’t watch, so no idea if he was hit by the piano or backed off…

Any idea what happened to SMOC? Had a decent 100 breast on Day 1, then a ropey 100 fly heat swim (1.01.5) before apparently pulling out of the rest of the meet. Hope she’s OK.

Some noise around that the swimmers are expecting Trials to be cancelled/postponed shortly after the meet, so may have got a bit of extra rest in beforehand.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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