Jay Lelliot, Battle In His Bag, Grabs Gwangju 400 Free Gold In Fight With Jack McLoughlin

Jay Lelliot, who made his England debut in 2014 and took his first medal for Britain the same season over 400m at the European Championships in Berlin - photo courtesy of British Swimming

At 12, Jay Lelliot hard just joined his local training scheme when doctor’s diagnosed a brain tumour, discovered through epilepsy. Surgery and rehab followed, his dreams on hold. Lelliot turned 20 this February and this evening celebrated Universiade gold in the 400m freestyle after a stroke-for-stroke battle with Australia’s Jack McLoughlin that ended 3:48.84 to 3:48.88

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At 12, Jay Lelliot hard just joined his local training scheme when doctor’s diagnosed a brain tumour, discovered through epilepsy. Surgery and rehab followed, his dreams on hold. Lelliot turned 20 this February and this evening celebrated Universiade gold in the 400m freestyle after a stroke-for-stroke battle with Australia’s Jack McLoughlin that ended 3:48.84 to 3:48.88

Comments

aswimfan

The men 400 free was great, a thrilling race.
It’s so nice to watch a tight battle in 400 distance.

Ger

Lelliot’s turns won him the race. He was gaining half a metre or so every time.

Crannman

Hope to see Balandin , Prenot and Benson all in the 2:08 range tomorrow . It would be phenomenal

Clive Rushton

Jay Lelliot: what a great story. Onward and upward.

Abe K

200 free and 400 free final on the same night? I’d bet on Thorpe to come up gold in both races.

Verram

What happened to Nicholas Schafer in the 200m breast? I was really hoping he’d have a breakthrough swim here

Craig Lord

He was 2.11.99 – 9th by 0.01, Verram, just a little outside best in tight qualification – it was his fastest round ever on a list of semis and heats most often between 2:13.5 and 2:16 in last 3 seasons (needs to practice faster ‘easy speed’ in rounds) … 2:15.89 2:13.21 this year at nationals heats and finals, for e.g..

kazswimmer

I think Balandin is doing well, given the fact that he missed almost 4 months of practice after the Asian Games due to a shoulder related injury which required surgery. I personally don’t expect him to go sub 2:09, but still, his 100 was just 0.06 shy of his PB

Verram

Thanks for the update… Is 2.11.09 close to his on? That’s heading towards the right direction for Aussie breastroke along with his string of sub 1:01s swims earlier at this meet

Craig Lord

Verram, is there a word missing in your question?

Clive Rushton

Craig! the o-n keys are right next to the p-b keys!

Craig Lord

Ah, yes 🙂 in that case, the answer is 2:11.2 🙂

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