Great Britain Wins Second Straight 800 Free Relay Gold Thanks To James Guy’s 1:43 Anchor; USA Bronze

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James Guy unleashed a monster anchor leg on the men’s 800 free relay to give Great Britain the gold medal for the second straight World Championships. Stephen Milne (1:47.25), Nicholas Grainger (1:46.05), Duncan Scott (1:44.60) and Guy (1:43.80) ran away with the gold medal over the back half as the Brits swam a 7:01.70 to claim the gold. They just held off the Russians at 7:02.68.

Russia had Mikhail Dovgalyuk (1:46.00), Mikhail Vekovishchev (1:45.91), Danila Izotov (1:45.97) and Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:44.80) on their silver medal winning relay team. The Americans won the bronze medal with a 7:03.18 for their first bronze in the event since 2001. Blake Pieroni (1:46.33), Townley Haas (1:44.58), Jack Conger (1:45.37) and Zane Grothe (1:46.90) swam for the Americans.

Australia (7:05.98), Japan (7:07.68), Italy (7:09.44), Poland (7:09.62) and the Netherlands (7:12.68) also swam in the championship final.

This is Great Britain’s second overall gold medal in this relay, repeating their performance from the 2015 Worlds. This is also the first medal of the meet for any of their swimmers on the relay.

Guy’s split is the third fastest in history behind China’s Sun Yang (1:43.16, 2013) and France’s Yannick Agnel (1:43.24, 2012).

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4 Comments

4 comments

  1. Halim Yussuf

    The US is now lagging behind, in this event, surprisingly.

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    Leander

    “……. ran away with the gold medal over the back half as the Brits swam a 7:01.70 to claim the gold. They just held off the Russians at 7:02.68.”

    Did they run away with it or just hold off the Russians? I know they write these things up in a hurry, but this is a bit much.

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