James Guy Throws Down Sub-52 In-Season 100 Fly


  • Friday, November 18th
  • Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland
  • LCM
  • Meet Information
  • Results – ‘2017 CSi Southport Preparation Meet’

Several notable names were on the Gold Coast competing at a local in-season meet this weekend and the competition rendered some solid results. Among Australians Chloe Gubecka, Ben Treffers and David Morgan were internationals Jordan Wilimovsky of the U.S., James Guy, Jazmin Carlin and Christopher Walker-Hebborn of Great Britain, as well as An Sehyeon of Korea.

Key Results

Competing while in the midst of a training camp in Australia, 21-year-old Olympic medalist James Guy of GBR made his presence known by throwing down the world’s 3rd fastest 100m butterfly of the season. Splitting 24.44/27.53, Guy finished in 51.97, the 7th quickest time of the young National Centre Bath swimmer’s career.

Guy’s personal best sits at the 50.67 British Natinoal Record he produced in semi-finals of the event in Budapest last year. At those World Championships, Guy surprised some by claiming bronze along with Singaporean superstar Joseph Schooling, each having clocked 50.83 to land on the podium.

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Here in Australia Guy also generated major speed in the 50 fly skins races, ultimately winning the final round in a duel with homegrown talent David Morgan. Guy recorded outings of 24.98 in round 1, 24.76 in round 2 and ultimately 23.92 in round 3 to come out as king of the knock-out event.

British teammate Jazz Carlin also collected a pair of wins, though she had to fight for them against another foreign swimmer in Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello. The women battled first in the 200m freestyle, where Carlin earned the edge in 2:02.86 to runner-up Pignatiello’s mark of 2:03.28.

Next in the 400m free, Carlin came out on top by a much closer margin, finishing with the gold in 4:17.72 while Pignatiello finished just a fingernail behind in 4:17.76. Both women were well outside their personal bests as an indication of where they are at in their training cycles currently.

Walker-Hebborn also rendered positive results, taking the men’s 50 back skins title. CWH earned times of 27.42 and 27.27 in the first 2 rounds before putting down the hammer with his 3rd round winning effort of 26.37.

Also winning for the women was Korean national record holder An Sehyeon, who easily took the 100m butterfly in the only sub-minute mark of the field. Touching in 59.78, Sehyeon wrangled up the win to add to her 200m butterfly victory, which she acquired via her effort of 2:11.58.

Wilimovsky doubled up in the mid-distance freestyle events, winning the 800m free in 8:06.84 and the 400m free in 3:55.70. Both marks check-in among the American’s top 8 performances of his career.


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Le Clos will have his hands full with James Guy in the 100/200fl at Commies + Joe Schooling.


Hope Grant Irvine can improve on his 51.00 100 fly from last year as well and be in the mix!


Irvine, notionally, could be in the mix.Will be a matter of whether Budapest proves to be “that one brief shining moment” of his career or whether he intends to end his career on a high note (in Budapest he hinted at retirement post CG).

Dee, don’t fancy the chances of Schooling being present at CG given its near clash with NCAA. Far more likely to be seen at Asian Games or Pan Pacs.

j pine

Schooling said he’ll be there, but I think it’ll be hard for him to win


Would be strange if he did show up. Texas aren’t realistically going to allow one of their peak weapons to skip NCAA’s ….. and realisitcally he WOULD be SCY optimised at that point. This is why the CAN team announced includes NONE of their NCAA swimers. SIN DO pay tasty financial bonuses for those competitors that win at major international sporting events BUT they are more likely to tweak that towards Asian Games (2018 edition to be held in Indonesia) which will run just before Pan Pacs in August …… a time of year where he will be far more concentrated on LCM. Yes, he COULD show up at CG ….. but it just doesn’t make a great deal of… Read more »

Aussie crawl

He will be there.


Singapore’s Chef De Mission said he’ll be there and he said so himself in an interview
He knows it’ll be tough but I’m pretty sure he’ll be there…



Thank you for that; at least we have in his own words. Still struggle to see the sense in him doing so but those are his calls to make.

j pine

NCAA is as important as Commonwealth Games. CG is once in 4 years and NCAA is Schooling’s last college championship. The schedules are too close with each other.. It will be an uphill task for him to do well. We will see.


In Singapore, CWG are a big deal. He’ll have his reputation to uphold – It’s a far less forgiving culture than our own on its ‘stars’.


Not nearly as big as you think. They ‘pay’ on what is perceived as the highest profile event. Asian Games this time around is right next door (Indonesia) and whilst CG is reasonably friendly as regards time differences; Asian Games (18Aug – 2Sep) will have a higher media profile albeit the competition standard in his peak events likely to be weaker than what he will face a couple of weeks earlier at Pan Pacs (9-13 Aug).

j pine

Don’t think he’ll swim Pan Pacs. Too close to Asian Games (which he needs to be rested for if Singapore want to win a relay medal) Singapore usually doesn’t swim Pan Pacs anyway


They are still eligible to do so and given they seem to have a few more quality swimmers coming through; they may now do so. They would NOT be entering any relays at PP and its straight heats/finals rather than 3 rounds so he’d hardly be overextending himself. Whilst he would obviously come up against Dressel at NCAA’s; PP would be his sole opportunity to test himself LCM against the top ranked man. SIN winning relay medal at Asians …… hhmm maybe plausible given the quality (or at least the depth in quality) does tend to fall away once you go past JAP & CHN. As for his peak events; other than Zhohou Li (CHN) he is unlikely to be… Read more »


Don’t think Li Zhu Hao is a threat in the 50fly, didn’t even make the semis at Worlds


I mean they are faster than the South Koreans in every relay on the men’s side now…


I have to say this, but James Guy’s technique is horrible. He has very rushed strokes (most out of the final field), but hey, it gets him places right?


Like the East Germans and Chinese you mean! lol

James Guy



Going 50.6 he can do whatever he wants


He is quite upper body dominant – His butterfly is a flashback, it would look at home in races 30 years ago – But it works for him.

You can see the same in his freestyle; short, scratchy, high-tempo stroke that looks almost like a pulling set at times. He has the shoulders & chest of a sprinter in person, too. Can’t wait to see his 100s this year, hoping he has a dart at 100fr – Perhaps leading off the English relay.


Loretta on a small state champs on sao paulo Brazil we had some very good lcm times
100 free: Spajari 48,29, Gabriel Santos 48,67 chiereghini on relay open 48,97
Sa records with Guilherme Costa 15:00:54 1500 and 7:56:29 800.

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