James Guy Shares The Set That Made Him Battle Ready for Tokyo

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Olympic champion James Guy, who is currently stuck at home from a positive COVID test, although he is A-symptomatic. Guy walks us through his last 6 months, from the Olympic Games to his “reset” time to ISL. Guy breaks down in fine detail what it meant for himself and Britain to win the men’s 4×200 free relay in Tokyo and the hopes they have for the men’s 4×100 medley relay after winning silver.

Guy shared a set specifically that he did before the Olympics that once completed, gave him confidence heading into Tokyo:


Broken 200

3×100 descend to threshold

100 VO2

Guy has always shown up on relays, but when asked about them he didn’t say he feels differently when swimming on a relay. Contrastly, he admitted that over the past few years, he has struggled mentally in his individual events with having a plan and executing it, or rather he’s tried too hard when it comes to race by himself. However, Guy has gone back to the basics of setting in-race goals and has found success, registering a 50.9 in the 100 fly twice and a 1:46.3 200 free at the 2021 European Championships before ultimately scratching all his individuals in Tokoy to focus on relays.


Music: Otis McDonald


Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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6 months ago

Great interview, as always. I think James made an important point also how everybody trains hard and can swim fast, but you have to show up on race day with a plan and be able to execute on it. The confidence in your race plan and the ability to execute on it is the downfall of a lot of swimmers.

Reply to  Anonymous
6 months ago

You gotta have also good genetics 🧬.

You can’t beat Dressel in the 50 free or Usain Bolt in the 100 dash by hardwork and having a race plan.

Have you ever asked yourself, why Kristof Milak is miles ahead of his competition?

Reply to  Swimfan
6 months ago

Daiya Seto doesn’t have the ideal genetics but performs so well

Corn Pop
Reply to  Bruh
6 months ago

He certainly does have the ideal genetics . You must never have seen him.at his peak .

6 months ago

Can get the video to play(my tech issue). Can someone type out the set?

I admire how this guy(pun intended) showed up for his teammates in those relays. It takes maturity to know yourself that well.

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