GB claim historic men's relay gold in Kazan

GB claim historic men's relay gold in Kazan

07 August 2015 / 17:34

James Guy couldn’t help but turn his attentions to Rio after helping Great Britain claim their first ever World Championship men’s relay title in Kazan, Russia.

The team of Dan Wallace, Robbie Renwick, Calum Jarvis and Guy sliced more than a second off the British record in the 4x200m freestyle final to finish on 7:04.33 minutes ahead of USA (7:04.75) and Australia (7:05.34).

Victory brought an eighth medal of Championships for the British team – equalling their record medal haul from 1975 and 2003 – as they ended a run of five straight world titles for USA in the men’s 4x200m freestyle.

“That was great,”  Guy, who has also won 400m freestyle silver in Kazan, told British Swimming. “It was a huge team effort.

"The guys set it up nice and good and I knew if I was top three I had a chance of bringing it back but I never thought we’d get the gold.

“It’s the best British team we’ve ever had and this relay is definitely something we’re going to look out for next year.

“It was all about staying calm and not getting too tense in the first 100m. You’ve just got to enjoy it.”

Meanwhile, Commonwealth bronze medallist Andrew Willis was less than half-a-second shy of securing a ninth medal for GB as he finished fourth in the 200m breaststroke for the second consecutive World Championships.

The 24-year-old came home to touch just 0.42 seconds behind Hungary’s Olympic and defending world champion Daniel Gyurta as Germany’s Marco Koch took the title ahead of American Kevin Cordes .

“Obviously it’s disappointing but I felt I held my nerve a lot better and that’s one of the better finals I’ve done,” said Willis. “It’s a step in the right direction and I’m not going to be too disappointed with that.

“I feel like I’ve done pretty well this year and that’s the same position I finished at the last Worlds.

“I can’t feel too down about finishing fourth in an unbelievable final like that. I progressed through the rounds as well which isn’t usually my strong point so that’s a big positive for me.”

There were some encouraging semi-final performances as Commonwealth champions Francesca Halsall and Ben Proud booked final berths in their respective 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle events.

Lizzie Simmonds was the only other Brit in action on day six in Kazan, touching seventh in her 200m backstroke semi final and 13th overall.

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