James Guy: “Racing The 2Fly Is Fun”


200m freestyle world champion James Guy tried the 200m butterfly on for size last night in Sheffield, taking the gold in a personal best of 1:55.91. Talking after the race, Guy describes how racing this event helps his bread-and-butter 200m and 400m freestyle races, although he also says that the 2fly is ‘fun’.

As originally reported:


  • FINA A – 1:57.28
  • British 1st place standard – 1:54.14
  • British consideration standard – 1:55.83
  • The Podium:

Bath’s James Guy just earned his 2nd national title in 2 days, following up his 400m freestyle victory last night with a monster 200m butterfly performance today. Swimming in his first properly tapered final of this event in 4 years, Guy ripped a terrific time of 1:55.91,  destroying his previous personal best mark of 1:57.05 in this event from the Arena Pro Swim in Indianapolis.

Guy split 55.38 on the first 100, lagging just slightly behind University of Stirling’s Cameron Brodie who led up until the 50m turn, when Guy turned on the heat and aggressively breathed every stroke, even with his cap on the brink of falling off. Guy now sneaks into the world’s top 10 times in the world in this event. He’s off the consideration standard, but as Guy has already qualified in the 400m, it wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility he gets discretionarily selected for this event for Budapest.

Brodie wound up with silver in 1:57.46, a solid improvement from 2016’s 4th place finish. Stirling teammate Duncan Scott also finished in podium status, grabbing the bronze in 1:57.50. For multiple event-savvy Scott, his time tonight is a personal best by just under 2 seconds. That could be a scary sign for Scott’s competitors in his remaining events this meet, of which there are several.

Fun fact, the top 3 performers this year all beat last year’s winning time of 1:58.01.

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ricky bobby

said no one else


Especially LCM.


Except for MP.


More than a few times MP didn’t look like he was having fun.


Interesting take lol

ct swim fan

Fun would not have been the word that I would have used.

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Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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