Olympic24: Guy targets Rio & Varnish lauds track strength

Olympic24: Guy targets Rio & Varnish lauds track strength

08 August 2015 / 09:23

James Guys turned his attentions to Rio after helping Great Britain's 4x200m relay team to gold while Jess Varnish thinks Britain's women can be a force to be reckoned with on the track in Rio. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Great Britain take 4x200m gold with a stellar swim in Kazan's World Championships
  • Jess Varnish excited by the prospect of Becky James' return as Rio edges closer
  • Kyle Langford heading to Beijing without any pressure
  • Freyja Prentice back from injury and ready for European Championships in Bath

Guy tips Brits for success after world gold


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 – equaling 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.

“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,” Guy told British Swimming.

Elsewhere Commonwealth bronze medallist Andrew Willis narrowly missed out on bronze in the 200m breaststroke final while Francesca Halsall and Ben Proud booked final spots 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.

Varnish delighted to see strength in depth on track


Jess Varnish says she is excited about the strength in depth on the track as Britain's women gear up for an assault on Rio 2016.

Varnish missed out on a medal in London 2012 after she and Victoria Pendleton were disqualified for an illegal changeover in the team sprint.

However, with the likes of Becky James returning from a prolonged absence, Varnish believes Great Britain have the ability to cause a storm in Brazil.

“That’s how things used to be and it worked really well. For London there was me and Vicky and Becky, and now there are six girls in the squad,” she said. “It’s great to have that amount of depth in the squad.”

“We’re fully focused on winning gold now. That’s what we’re here to work towards. For us, the competition is really, really tough.

“There are so many people that are stepping up. The team sprint world record goes every time there’s a competition at the moment, and it’s going to keep going and we’ve got to be ready for that.”

Langford looking to race without expectation in China

Kyle Langford will head to the World Championships in Beijing under no pressure despite looking to continue his impressive run of performances so far this season.

The 800m runner took European Junior gold in July as well as claiming victory in the British Championships.

Those performances earned him a spot on the team that will head out to China but he says that he is just looking to take each race as it comes.

“At the start of the year, the aim was to do everything I’ve done so far, but as it got closer to the start of the season I started to doubt it a bit more and it seemed like a bit more of a big ask,” he told British Athletics.

“But now I’ve done it, it’s such an amazing feeling so it’s really nice that everything has come together. Hopefully I can go to Beijing with no pressure and see how far I can go.”

Prentice: Euro pull helped me back to fitness


Freyja Prentice says the lure of this month's modern pentathlon European Championships in Bath was the driving force behind her recovery from injury.

Prentice suffered an injury to her tibia and two months ago looked unlikely to make it the Championships.

But she is back in action and looking forward to strutting her stuff in Bath.

“I really pinned all my hopes on getting fit for Europeans and that’s what’s kept me going,” she told the National.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to get back. When you’re an athlete, you just focus on one thing and the Europeans were what got me through all the rehab, because, in my mind, I was competing and I was going to do everything I could to make sure of that.”

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