British record for Guy in Doha as Halsall pulls out injured

05 December 2014 / 11:52

James Guy looks set to be in medal mix in the 400m freestyle final on the third night of the World Short Course Swimming Championships, although there was not such good news for teammate Fran Halsall who was forced out of the meet due to injury.

Halsall had been in impressive form in Doha, claiming bronze in the 400m medley on the opening night before adding silver on Thursday as part of the 4x50m medley relay.

But that would be the end of her involvement, with the decision taken in the morning to withdraw as a precaution due to a shoulder issue.

Fortunately the news did not stop Britain’s swimmers from enjoying another good session in the pool as Guy led the way with a new British record in the 400m freestyle.

His time of 3:39.58 bettered the previous standard of 3:40.22 set by Robbie Renwick in 2008 and saw him qualify third fastest for the final.

Adam Barrett also posted a British leading time in the 50m butterfly, clocking 22.87 to equal the record jointly held by Mark Foster and Anthony James and book his spot in the semi-finals in the process.

Also returning to the Hamad Aquatic Centre later on Friday will be Chris Walker-Hebborn after he qualified fifth fastest in the 50m backstroke while Jazz Carlin, winner of 800m freestyle silver on Thursday, claimed a spot in the final of the 400m.

However there was no such luck for Sophie Taylor or Adam Peaty who, despite swimming personal best times, were unable to progress in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events respectively.

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