Guy eclipses Sun to win 200m freestyle

Tue Aug 4, 2015 2:47pm EDT
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By Rod Gilmour

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Britain’s James Guy held off a host of Olympic champions to win his first world title, the men’s 200m freestyle, at the world championships on Tuesday.

After claiming silver in the 400m freestyle behind China’s Sun Yang, Guy came from third at the final turn to touch the wall in one minute 45.14 seconds. He beat Sun and Paul Biedermann of Germany into silver and bronze respectively. Ryan Lochte, of United States, was fourth.

The stirring finish from the 19-year-old dented Sun’s bid for four world titles.

"It was quite a nice feeling, as I never thought I’d race Ryan, one of my heroes, and racing head-to-head against him, touching the wall and becoming world champion is amazing,” said Guy.

"I tried to focus on myself (in the final 50m) and I knew the boys would go out hard. I also knew I had a good back end because of the 400m, so I tried to play to my strengths.”

As expected, Katie Ledecky, of the United States, won her second world title in three days, coasting to victory in the women’s 1500m freestyle and lowering her world record in the process.

The 18-year-old high school graduate raced away from the field in the opening salvos, recording 15:25.48 to lower the mark she set on Monday by 2.23 seconds.

Thirty minutes later, Ledecky was back on the starting blocks for her women’s 200m freestyle semi-final, summoning all her strength to qualify sixth-fastest.   Continued...

Katie Ledecky of the U.S. poses with her gold medal after the women's 1500m freestyle final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 4, 2015.                     REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke