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Japan Open 2017 (50m) Day 1 - Bronze for Guy

Double Olympic silver medallist James Guy (National Centre Bath) won bronze in the 200m Butterfly on day one of the Japan Open with a time that equalled his personal best of 1:55.91. Gold went to Sakai Masato in 1:54.78.

“That was a massive surprise for me,” Guy said. “My heat was pretty fast and then tonight I equalled my PB so that was pretty good. That was the same time I did at trials and that was fully rested and tapered so this is a good sign. It’s all about practising processes here. Each event is so stacked and it shows you have to work hard to make the finals.”

Britain’s swimmers showed real character, securing a four-medal haul despite competing off the back of an intense nine-day training camp in Thailand.

All British athletes in action at the Tatsumi International Pool in Tokyo moved their performances on impressively from heats to finals against the cream of Japanese swimming.

Olympic Champion Adam Peaty (58.82, National Centre Loughborough) secured gold in the 100m Breaststroke and the world record holder excelled against a tough field despite a particularly punishing training regime in Thailand. Yan Zibei (CHN, 59.57) finshed second and Watanabe Ippei (JPN, 59.80) third.

“I knew the Chinese would be fast and the Japanese would also step up,” Peaty said. “I knew I had to get in the right frame of mind for the final despite how hard my training is at the moment. I didn’t want to lose this race; I never like to lose.

“I learnt so much from being in second place in the final that I just pushed on tonight. It was a great learning curve for me. I can learn so much more from coming here and experiencing the travel and competing against a different field.”

European medallist Kathleen Dawson (University of Stirling) secured the silver medal in the 100m Backstroke. Dawson showed great improvement from heats to the final to take a well-earned step on the podium. Australian Minna Atherton took the gold in 59.67.

“It’s really good to have done that sort of swim on that back of the training that I have been doing,” said Dawson. “My gym sessions have been really heavy so I’m pleased to have come out and done that. 
“It’s the first time I’ve been on the senior team overseas and I’m learning so much from being here.”

Commonwealth medallist Dan Jervis (Swansea Aquatics) secured bronze in the 1500m Freestyle. Timothy Shuttleworth (15:18.16) finished 4th.

On his medal, Jervis said: “I’m so happy with that. I was quite nervous going into the race. None of the British team are tapered so it’s about going into it and racing hard. It’s really early in the season and I’m really happy with where I am at the moment.

“Being on the team with Peaty and Miley is awesome and I’ve always looked up to them so it’s great to be with them.” 

Hannah Miley came 6th (2:11.15) in the 200m Butterfly A Final won by Hasegawa Suzuka (2:08.10).

Sarah Vasey finsihed 5th (1:08.29) in the 100m Breaststroke A Final.

In the B Finals:
Charlotte Atkinson (2:10.49) won the 200m Butterfly with Alys Thomas 4th (2:11.38) and Rosie Rudin 5th (2:12.20). 

Hannah Miley (2:01.22) finished 4th in the 200m Freestyle behind three Australians.

Duncan Scott (1:48.37) won the 200m Freestyle with Stephen Milne (1:48.61) second.

Georgia Davies (1:01.10) and Bath NTC's Jessica Fullalove (1:01.18) made it a GB 1-2 in the 100m Backstroke.

Molly Renshaw (1:09.41) came second in the 100m Breaststroke.

Holly Hibbott (8:47.47) ranked 11th after the 800m Freestyle.

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