Guy Lane 2, Scott Lane 4 In 200 Free Fight To Find Defenders Of Britain’s 4×200 Crown

2015 world champions (l-r), Calum Jarvis, Dan Wallace, Robbie Renwick and James Guy in Kazan - by Patrick B. Kraemer

James Guy’s 200m freestyle world-title defence and Britain’s 4x200m free follow-up to gold in 2015 got several strokes closer this morning: Guy checked into lane 2 for the final on the last day of British Championships in Sheffield, the pace set half a second ahead of him in an earlier heat by Duncan Scott, the Scot who delivered a 47.90 scorcher in the 100m this week. If solo berths for the World Championships in Budapest are up for grabs this evening, all eyes on the battle for berths on the 4x200m free relay two years on from an historic victory in Kazan. Dan Wallace, one of those at the heart of Britain’s success in the past two years, including Olympic silver in Rio, is out, while one of the winners from 2015 who missed the Rio cut, Calum Jarvis, is in for the fight.

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With two strong legs already in place with Guy and Scott, the times of the next best will be of big interest. GB needs better than 1:47’s.
Scott, I think has as much potential in the 200 as in the 100. It would have been great to see the main two race this fresh. With Scott feeling the strain from a week’s racing I hope there’s room for another big performance.

David Brooks

Well Ger, we didn’t get better than 1:47s, but Scott made a nice leap and there ought to be more to come. As for spots 3 and 4, at least there is depth in the 1:47s and so hope that one or more can break through. Litchfield, in particular, might have more in him yet.

Craig Lord

Yes, David… I think there are signs that they will be stronger in Budapest than in both 2015 and 2016…

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